Laura teaches on the languages PGCE and MLT courses. She co-organises the department’s Early Career Teachers’ Professional Development Conference (http://www.educationdeanery.ox.ac.uk/event/oxford-nqt-early-career-development-conference/) held each June for local practitioners in their first three years of teaching. Before working with the department Laura taught languages at the Cherwell School in North Oxford. She completed her BA in French and German at the University of Oxford in 2009. This was followed by a PGCE in 2010 and an MSc in Learning and Teaching in 2013, both here at the Department of Education.
Laura’s own research centres on understanding and improving the development of languages teachers and learners in state secondary schools. Her doctoral thesis (supervised by Dr Katharine Burn & Trevor Mutton) will focus on the efficacy and professional learning of languages teachers in state secondary schools. She is also interested in Second Language Acquisition research with a focus on language learning strategies and student motivation.