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Helen joined Northumbria in 2018 after working as a teacher. She is a former SENCo who spent the majority of her career working in Alternative Provision and Specialist settings. Her doctoral thesis was based on her experiences working with a KS1 and KS2 class of pupils who were either at risk of, or who had experienced,  permanent exclusion from mainstream schooling. 

Helen is currently a Programme Lead for the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) training within CYP-IAPT, as well as working across ITE courses at Northumbria. 


Research interests

Helen's research interests include:

- School cultures and their impact on staff wellbeing

- Alternative Provision/Pupil Referral Units including how we can hear the authentic voices of both staff and pupils

- CYP mental health including the role of EMHPs

Helen is also interested in the use of autoethnographic and biographical methodologies, Kierkegaardian philosophy, and how mental health is understood within the context of religious belief and faith. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCE, Early Years and KS1

1 Sept 20021 Jun 2003

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

BA (Hons), Theology, Durham University

1 Oct 19991 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jun 2002


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