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Alison Silby

Dr Alison Silby
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  • Lecturer in Primary English Education
  • BA Ed English lecturer: specialism and curriculum.
  • Masters, PhD and Ed D supervisor.
  • Academic tutor.
  • Year 2 convenor.
  • School placement supervisor.
  • Examinations moderator.

Postgraduate supervision

Current and Recent PhD Students, with topics/titles of their research:

  • Ruth Jones (with Dr Margaret Perkins): Teachers' attitudes and perceptions towards the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.


  • Theory and practice of teaching English in primary schools: reading, writing, speaking, listening and media texts.
  • Children's literature: exploring gender and identity.
  • Transition in primary education: impact on writing.
  • Literacy and inclusion.
  • Supporting literacy through primary music education.
  • Performance poetry and playscripts.
  • Qualitative research methodologies.

Research centres and groups

  • First Language research group

Research projects

  • Exploring children's strategies for classroom writing.
  • Relationships between knowledge, concepts and skills in school-based writing.
  • The use of prior knowledge in school-based writing.


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