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Alison Binney


Senior Teaching Associate on the Secondary PGCE English course

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  • MA (Hons) in English: Clare College, Cambridge
  • MPhil in American Literature: Clare College, Cambridge
  • PGCE in English and Drama: Oxford University Department of Educational Studies

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Member of NATE
  • Founder of Cambridge branch of the NWP (National Writing Project)

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Alison has been teaching on the Secondary PGCE English course since 2006, and also teaches for two days a week at The Netherhall School in Cambridge.

Alongside her teaching, Alison is a published poet. Her debut pamphlet, ‘Other Women’s Kitchens’, won the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition and was published by Seren Books in 2021. Her first full collection is forthcoming from Seren in 2025.

Research Topics

  • Teachers as writers
  • Trainee teachers’ emerging identities as teachers and writers
  • The teaching of poetry reading and writing

Current Research Project(s)

  • An exploration of trainee teachers’ emerging identities as teacher-writers

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  • Postgraduate
    • Alison teaches on the Secondary PGCE English course

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Principal and Recent Publications

Binney, A. (2021) ‘Other Women’s Kitchens’: Seren Books

Cliff Hodges, G., Binney, A. and Evans, E. (2010) ‘Planning for Innovation in English Teaching’: UKLA