Poppy Gibson

Poppy Gibson BA (Hons), QTS, MEd

Poppy Gibson

Poppy Gibson
BA (Hons), QTS, MEd

Lecturer in Primary Education

Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Joining the team as Lecturer in Primary Education September 2017, Poppy is coming to Higher Education after over a decade working in London primary schools.

Poppy holds a degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status from Edgehill University, with a specialism in Child Behaviour and Psychology of Learning. In addition, she has a Masters degree in Education, specialising in Leadership and Management in Education. Now in her final year of a five-year Doctorate in Education, Poppy's thesis explores young girls' experiences of using social media, online interaction, and communication with others online in a 'third space', and how these interactions build up a social reality and impact upon identity formation.

She has worked in the education sector at a wide range of schools throughout London, both at Independent schools and state schools. Poppy has worked as a class teacher within both Key Stages, and with various coordinator and management roles, and has a wide range of interests in the National Curriculum. Key posts held include Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Head of Computing, Coordinator of PSHE and Citizenship, and Phase Leader of Year 3 and 4.

Poppy has also enjoyed working as a Learning Support Adviser at Birkbeck University of London since 2012, supporting students on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

 Posts Held Previously:

2017 Year 2 Teacher at Newberries Primary School, Radlett
2016 Year 3 and 4 Phase Leader at Capel Manor Primary School, Enfield
2012- Present: Learning Support Adviser at Birkbeck, University of London
2012-2016 Year 3 Teacher and Head of Computing at Channing Girls' School, Highgate
2010-2011 Year 3 Teacher and Head of PSHEC at Northwood Prep Boys' (now Merchant Taylors Prep), Rickmansworth
2008-2010 Year 5 Teacher and Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Croydon High School GDST, Surrey
2006-2008 Year 2 Teacher and Head of PSHE and Pastoral Care at Croydon High School GDST, Surrey

Poppy currently works on the University of Greenwich's Accelerated degree programme, and teaches MFL on the PGCE and BA QTS programmes.

On the Editorial board of Primary Teacher Update Magazine, Poppy enjoys trialling and exploring innovate techniques and strategies in the primary classroom to keep students engaged, promote active learning, and help manage teacher workload.

Poppy is also a member of BELMAS, British Educational, Leadership, Management and Administration Society.

Poppy has a keen interest in identity and community, and the comparison between online and real-life identities we chose to create for ourselves, and the online communities we can exist in as a 'third space' between our home and school/work/academic lives. Poppy enjoys research into ethnomethodological practices such as Conversation Analysis, which helps to explore how our interactions with others are all part of a social reality we create for ourselves, showing we often aim to conform to unspoken cultural rules we impose on ourselves.

Gibson, P., Shanks, R., and Dick, S. (2017) The EdD and One Bedtime Story More! An exploration of the Third-Space inhabited by mothers working in educational leadership whilst studying for a professional doctorate. In Management in Education, Volume 32, Issue 4, Autumn 2017. Will be available athttp://journals.sagepub.com/toc/miea/current

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