Dr Emma Clarke

Emma joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2015 after 17 years as a primary school teacher, where her roles included coordinating maths and ICT. She also undertook work in establishing nurture groups and has had experience in pupil referral units. Teaching Emma teaches on a range of modules offered on the PGCE, where she is 5 – 11 Cohort Leader, as well as undertaking teaching on the undergraduate programmes. Her teaching interests include managing challenging behaviour, science and maths, as well as research skills.

Emma’s Masters’ degree in Education focused on managing challenging behaviour. Her PhD with the University of Northampton considered how whole school issues and teaching assistants’ personal views affected how they chose to manage behaviour. Her post-doctoral research compares how Teaching Assistants in Pupil Referral Units and in mainstream schools understand their roles in managing behaviour. She is also part of an ongoing international research project considering how Teaching Assistants are used to support inclusion. Emma is particularly interested in research methodologies, approaches to managing behaviour and the wider school workforce. She sits on the editorial board for the journal Support for Learning, peer reviews articles for the TEAN journal and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Clarke, E. & Visser, J. (2016). How do teaching assistants view their role in managing behaviour and cultivate their learning and understanding in relation to managing behaviour? TEAN Journal, 9(1), 66-79 Clarke, E. & Visser, J. (2016). Teaching Assistants managing behaviour – who knows how they do it? A review of literature. Support for Learning, 31(4), 266-280 Clarke, E. and McNichol, S. (2017) Behaviour. In Paige, R., Geeson, R and Lambert, S. (Eds) Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching. Sage Publications Ltd.: London. Clarke, E. (2017) Working with Teaching Assistants. In Paige, R., Geeson, R and Lambert, S. (Eds) Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching. Sage Publications Ltd.: London. Clarke, E., Compton, A. and Sharpe, J. (2017) Academic Writing. In Paige, R., Geeson, R and Lambert, S. (Eds) Building Skills for Effective Primary Teaching. Sage Publications Ltd.: London. Clarke, E. (2018) A lifebelt in the methodological mire. https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/beras-postgraduate-symposium-a-lifebelt-in-the-methodological-mire