School of Inclusive & Special Education


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School of Inclusive & Special Education
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Academic biography

Rosie is an Assistant Professor in the School of Inclusive and Special Education and was Programme Chair of the Professional Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education between 2015 and 2018.  She has more than twenty years teaching experience at primary, post-primary and higher education levels.  She currently leads six postgraduate modules and teaches across a range of programmes at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has supervised a number of students at Masters level.

Rosie is in her 4th year of doctoral research at Queen's University, Belfast, exploring the educational needs of children in care.  She holds a MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, a M.Sc. in Medical Sociology from the University of London (ESRC award) , a M.Ed. in Inclusive and Special Education from the University of Birmingham and a PG Certificate in Asperger Syndrome.  Rosie also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London where she qualified as a teacher.  She is a qualified Nurture Group teacher and Emotion Coach.

She has worked for over 25 years in education in both the UK and Ireland.  She draws on significant educational experience obtained in a wide range of secondary and primary schools in the UK as a teacher, Head of Department (GCSE and A Level Sociology) and member of the senior management team.  She has taught in highly diverse mainstream classrooms, specialist provisions (autism and Nurture Groups) and in a specialist residential school for learners with SEBD. 

Rosie also has considerable assessment experience, leading the national state examinations for GCSE and A Level Sociology for the AQA and implementing AfL in her classroom for over a decade.

Research interests

Key research interests are:
Children in Care - educational outcomes and their social, emotional and mental healthAttachment aware school based approaches e.g. nurture, emotion coachingChildren's social, emotional and mental health
Autism, particularly social, emotional and mental health
Inclusive practice for mainstream primary teachersAssessment for learning; developing pupil's autonomy as learners