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Dr Josh Franks
Tel: 020 7612 6328
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  • Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am currently working on the Primary PGCE as co-Module Lead for the M level Learning and Teaching module, as a tutor on the English Team, as lead for recruitment and as a supervision tutor. I also work on the MA Early Years/Primary course as a dissertation supervisor and a tutor on the REYPE module. The remainder of my time is spent on research.

My background is in primary teaching. I taught for over a decade in an inner London state primary. During my time at the school, I had classes in Year groups throughout the primary age range and led the provision of English for the school. I also worked for the borough in supporting new teachers and mentored NQTs. 

My area of particular interest is the way in which the development of writing can provide children with a voice. A high-stakes assessment regime creates restrictions on the support for a teacher's competence and autonomy and this can result in conditions that may suppress the development of individual voice. When writing is prioritised over the writer, there are implications for the maintenance of hegemony in society as access to writing at the highest level is still retained by the privileged few. .  

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My research focuses on the dual roles of competence-support and autonomy-support for primary school teachers in the teaching of writing. My PhD looked at teachers' perspectives and analysed how the desire for autonomy is mediated by the perception of competence. The impact on children's writing, particularly the capability to write with individual voice, is a further focus of the work I have done. Current research work includes working with the Widening Participation team at UCL to develop a scheme of work for English lessons that focus on the notion of individual voice for use with Year 5 and Year 6 children in participating London schools. 
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