I’m Chris, and I have been Head of Student Research at Oakham School since 2018. My role involves assisting pupil and staff with EPQs and IB Extended Essays as well as other extended inquiry projects. I’ve been a teacher for over twenty years, run a boarding house and an academic department and taught Chemistry at state and independent schools, both day and boarding, mixed and single sex.
I’m actively involved in my own practitioner research too, as I am reading for a part-time PhD at the University of Cambridge as well as teaching full time at Oakham. My research interests fall broadly into the sociology of education and I am particularly interested in perceptions of teacher professionalism and identity and how these are shaped by school and government policy. What has been a revelation to me has been to see how FOSIL works as a map of the research process, whatever the level, from Year 6 through to PhD! I’m a very strong advocate of FOSIL and I look forward to collaborating with others in the development of resources that support pupils (and staff) through the inquiry process.