Dr Anthony Wilson
Subject Leader for Primary PGCE English


I was nominated to represent Exeter University’s College of Social Sciences and International Studies at Research Uncovered in January 2017. You can watch a video of my lecture here.

I teach on the following programmes:

PGCE Primary English
PGCE Primary English Specialism
PGCE Primary Educational and Professional Studies

MA Writing: The Future

MA Reading the World

PGR: Supervisor
I currently supervise four doctoral students:

  • An Evaluative Study of Teaching Practice in the English Teacher Training Program at Rustaq College of Applied Sciences, Oman.
  • Improving children's oracy skills: the dialogic effect of a philosophy intervention in primary schools.
  • The Teaching of Writing to Early Writers: A Comparative Study of Multimodal Classroom Practices amongst Teachers in Malaysia and England.
  • Teachers' perceptions of professional identity in UAE.

My previous PhD students included the following topics:

  • Transformation through learning: An ethnographic case study of practices in a music-infused school.
  • Enquiry into the enablers and barriers to health behaviour change through the use of narrative communication: The case for public health promotion in Nigeria
  • Saudi students’ attitudes and preferences towards using dictionaries for learning English.
  • An investigation of the preparation of teachers for language teaching at primary level: Implications for an initial Language Teacher Education programme in line with the European framework.
  • How does the Cornwall SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programme contribute to the development of creativity as part of teacher identity in pre-service teachers?

I was shortlisted for a University of Exeter Outstanding Regional Impact award in 2011 for my involvement with Exetreme Imagination. I have been nominated for a University of Exeter ‘outstanding teacher’ award for the last five consecutive years. 

My poetry writing lesson plans can be found online at The Poetry Trust, The Poetry Archive and the Poetry Society.


I am interested in how far teachers perceive their practice to be 'creative'; and in the notions of creativity they believe in.  I am also interested in exploring how far creativity can be modelled to children by teachers and what such practice might look like.



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