Following Matthew’s teacher training in the South West, he moved to Lincolnshire in 1995 and taught in secondary schools for 23 years, 16 of these being in senior leadership positions. During his early teaching career, Matthew led a technology department as Head of Faculty in one of the first specialist Technology Colleges in the country. Following the school’s successful application to become a High Performing Specialist School, Matthew was appointed to the senior team where he led the Training School strand, working collaboratively with HEIs and schools across the East Midlands.
After completing his NPQH in 2003, Matthew undertook a wide range of whole-school pastoral and curriculum leadership roles, before specialising predominantly in teaching and learning, teacher development, NQT induction and ITE partnership development. Matthew also qualified as an OLEVI outstanding facilitator and delivered teacher development programmes for the Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance, as well as working with Lincolnshire County Council in chairing the executive committee for the 25 schools in the Louth extended provision cluster. Matthew’s most recent school post was within a Multi Academy Trust in North East Lincolnshire as Vice Principal of teaching and learning, before taking up the post of Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University in 2018.
Matthew’s doctoral research explored students’ experiences of the transition from GCSE to A Level study, in particular the affective dimension of their encounters with Threshold Concepts using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Matthew teaches predominantly on the PGCE Secondary programme, as well as contributing to the MA in Education and Doctorate in Education (EdD) programmes.
Matthew’s main research interests lie in the Threshold Concept Framework, and its application to improve teaching and learning in secondary and higher education. He is also interested in the affective dimension of learning and student transformation and has experience in the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Case Study approaches. Matthew is currently working on research and staff development projects with local secondary schools to explore Threshold Concepts across a range of subjects.