Prior to taking her current role, Laura was a Head of Faculty at an independent school and a Team Leader for the exam board EDUQAS/WJEC, where she moderated work across England and Wales. Laura has experience in both State and Independent sectors and has taught across KS2-KS5 and also at university.
Laura started her career in education as a secondary school teacher but developed an interest in adolescent education as an academic. This led her to undertake her masters’ degree (Masters in Research) where she investigated different means of understanding metacognitive behaviour in adolescents and the requirements of contemporary (and future) education systems.
Laura is currently studying her PhD (part-time) alongside her role as Head of Secondary PGCE and in 2019 was invited to speak internationally at the SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) ‘Experimental Engagements’ transdisciplinary conference in Irvine, California. At the conference she presented her work on ‘Rendering realities – a speculative approach to the life-world of adolescent artists’ which highlighted the process of ‘abstraction’ and its interpretation at different ages.
Her research interests include; perception and cognition in children and adolescents, the developing life-worlds of adolescents, the formation of mind through interactions and transactions with objects, spaces and things, and the influence of extended spaces (such as digital media) on the developing mind during adolescence.
She aspires to ensure that all teacher training at the university develops high quality teachers who are aware of the developing minds of their students and the impact they have on cultivating them. Laura puts perception at the heart of her practice.