Janine joined St Mary’s University in 2021 after previously working in primary schools for eight years. Within that time, Janine led the subjects of English, P.E and Design and Technology across all Key Stages. Alongside this, she took on other responsibilities within the school community such as staff governor, a KS2 Lead Moderator in the borough of Kingston and was a judge and speaker for the SPARK Book Awards. Janine completed the Women in Leadership Programme at the Institute of Education as well as beginning the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership, before taking on her role as a lecturer.
Janine has a BA in Primary Education from St Mary's University and a MA in Art Education as well as completing further MA studies in Primary Education: Policy and Practice at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her MA research project focused on Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power theory: can the implementation of the advice of Claxton (2007) have an impact on children’s learning capacity in schools? She is currently studying for her fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. At St Mary’s University, she is a lecturer in Primary Education: Design & Technology and Art on both the PG programme and the BA programme and also teaches the D&T elective students where the students develop their knowledge of skills in D&T and of how to foster creativity in the classroom.
Janine is a member of the Design and Technology Association and can provide CPD for local schools in developing their knowledge of children’s D&T practices.