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John-Mark Winstanley


Senior Teaching Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223 336282


  • MEd (Distinction), Primary Education, University of Cambridge
  • PGCE Primary, University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) Spanish & Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • United Kingdom Literacy Association: National Council and Eastern Region Rep
  • The English Association
  • National Association for the Teaching of English
  • Chartered College of Teaching

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John-Mark is an experienced educator in both Primary and higher education settings. He began his career in education as a TEFL teacher and enjoyed teaching English to students from a range of diverse countries and cultures. After gaining a PGCE at The University of Cambridge, he spent several years teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 in a number of middle and senior leadership roles. During his time working in schools, John-Mark worked as an Assistant Headteacher in two contrasting settings and was also seconded to support various school improvement projects across the local area. He was a Leading Teacher of Literacy and EAL for Cambridgeshire and a Specialist Leader of Education for Primary English, EAL and Initial Teacher Education. He also worked as a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where he taught on the BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies degree. John-Mark is currently Deputy Course Manager of the Primary PGCE. His main research interests include Primary English; pedagogy surrounding the teaching of children who speak English as an additional language; Primary languages and the professional learning of teachers.

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Research Topics

  • English teaching in primary schools
  • Children and literature
  • Children’s writing
  • Teacher education
  • Developing teachers as writers
  • Use of technology to develop reflective practice
  • Primary Languages

Current Research Project(s)

  • Developing trainee teacher understanding of pedagogical content knowledge using 360-degree video and the Uptale Learning Platform

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Principal and Recent Publications

Walsh, N., Driver, P., Jakes, T. and Winstanley, JM. (2018) Developing Trainee Teacher Understanding of Pedagogy and Practice Using 360 Degree Video and an Interactive Digital Overlay, Impact (Special Issue January 2019: Education Technology).


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