I teach Education Studies part time at Middlesex University and part time at the University of Cambridge.
At Middlesex University I am Module Leader for Curriculum Studies: Primary Education and I also teach on the Creativity and Arts in Education Module. My other teaching interests concern the history of education and arts education for social justice.
My current research explores the diasporic inheritance of multilingual children and their families who participate in complementary schooling at weekend home language schools alongside mainstream schooling in English on weekdays. Current articles and chapters that I am writing develop this research from a historical and a contemporary perspective, moving beyond media tropes and concocted stereotypes, to better understand the intangible cultural heritage which multilingual communities use to develop their education, formally and informally. I am also beginning to look at the role of multilingual drama and theatre education from 1979 – 1996. My recent peer reviewed published journal articles have analysed the representation of education in non-fiction BBC broadcasts and documentary films between 1934 – 72 as well as the role of certain individuals who promoted widening participation in, and access to, education. Given that so much media coverage of education has so often arguably been about distorting or misrepresenting the experiences of teachers and children in schools, I have become increasingly interested in how educational history can counter rather than perpetuate that misrepresentation.