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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 and as a supervision tutor. I also work on the MA Early Years/Primary course as a dissertation supervisor and a tutor on the REYE module within the online programme. The remainder of my time is spent on research, including the CTTR work outlined above.

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 a high-stakes assessment regime creates restrictions on the support for a teacher's competence and autonomy, the impact this has on their pedagogy and the resulting disproportionate impact on different groups of learners. So far I have focused on the teaching of writing and the way in which children are grouped in the classroom.   

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I am currently working with Dr Gideon Sappor and the Centre for Teaching and Teacher Research (CTTR) to explore the perspectives and experiences of trainee primary teachers towards how children are grouped in the classroom. My general research interest focuses on the dual roles of competence-support and autonomy-support for the development of agentive primary school teachers. My PhD looked at teachers' perspectives regarding the teaching of writing 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. 
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