Alison Shorer

Bringing psychology research to classroom practice

About me.....

Teaching & Teacher Training

I qualified as primary teacher in 1998 and was a Lecturer in Education with the Plymouth Institute of Education for over a decade.

My career has been varied and I have taught in a variety of state school and independent settings. My fields of study are English, oracy for learning, special educational needs and philosophy for children (P4C).

As a lecturer in education I supported undergraduates and postgraduates to become teachers on the School Direct, BEd and PGCE programmes. Helping the next generation to learn how to teach was a privilege and I enjoyed it immensely.

Exploring the psychology of education

In 2022 I decided to study a psychology degree for many reasons. One is that there is so much that education can learn from psychology research, essentially the science of the mind and behaviour. It can often seem that there is a divide between these fields of study. I want to bring the current psychology research to pedagogy and teachers’ practice, to keep busy teachers up-to-date with the latest findings.

SENDCo

As a SENDCo with a large federation, I see the value in marrying up the psychology and education research with teachers for quality first practice. I am blending my experience of teaching children, student and adults together to help practicing teachers and SENDCos be the best they can be for their learners.

Oracy for learning

I became interested in oracy and its pedagogy whilst lecturing. I like to be proactive and set about improving the speaking skills of learners by co-founding a successful education company in 2012 called Articulacy with the wonderful Julia Ward. We also set up a charity called TalkTastic CIC. We brought oracy workshops and qualifications to thousands of students and we were proud to be giving children a way to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through their voice. We were part Oracy Network group that supported the Oracy APPG campaign and published “speaking up for speaking”.  We had to wrap these up during lockdown as funding became focused upon Covid recovery, but now as clients have come back to us, Julia and I are proud to have started up again as The Oracy Workshops.

Working together

I work collaboratively and whilst in consultation with clients find out what their needs are to tailor the training to pinpoint certain aspects. Workshops are engaging and give the teachers tools to go away with to employ straight away.

I look forward to working with you and your team.

Alison Shorer

BA (Hons) PGCE QTS MEd MSc 

BA (Hons) Philosophy

University of Hertfordshire

PGCE QTS Primary

University of Plymouth

MEd in Education

University of Exeter

MSc in

Psychology

University of Exeter

 

Thinking Moves A – Z 

Trainer

Dialogue Works

currently studying

NA SENCO 

University of  Plymouth

Thinking Voices

Bringing psychology and education research to those in education to deliver up-to-date practice.

Contact me

I look forward to hearing from you soon.