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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; he also supervises on the Primary Education MEd and Transforming Practice MEd. 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. In addition to his work at the Faculty of Education, John-Mark is also a regional representative for the United Kingdom Literacy Association where he sits on the National Council. 

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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)

  • A collaborative self-study using narrative methodology to explore the ways in which beginning primary teachers construct their professional identities

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  • Warwick, J., Winstanley, J-M. & Wolpert, M.A. (2024) Capitalising on professional practice. In Cremin, T., Hendry, H.& Harrison, A. (Eds.). Learning to teach in the primary school (5th ed). Oxon: Routledge. 
  • Wyse, D., Bradford, H., & Winstanley, J-M. (2023) Teaching English, Language and Literacy. London: Routledge.
  • Winstanley, J-M. & Moule, L. (2020) Teachers as Writers. In E. Hargreaves & L. Rolls (Eds.) Reimagining professional development in schools (Chapter 10). London: Routledge
  • Fox, K., Clarke, J., Warwick, J., Winstanley, J-M. (2019) Rethinking Spaces for Learning: Designing A Curriculum with Freedom and Flexibility at its Heart. In J. Biddulph & J. Flutter (Eds.) Inspiring primary curriculum design (Chapter 4). London: Routledge
  • Walsh, N., Driver, P., Jakes, T. and Winstanley, J-M. (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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