Mrs Amy Saleh

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons) English Literature, MA English Education (UCL)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 82796

About me

Prior to achieving QTS in 2013, I studied English Literature (BA Hons) at Brunel University and focused my dissertation on Black Feminist perspectives in the literature of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. I then spent a year as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) before going on to do a PGCE.

Since then, I have taught across a variety of schools and key stages. Alongside teaching, I studied for an MA in English Education at UCL and graduated in July 2021 with a Distinction.
I also do freelance work for an organisation seeking to address and challenge educational inequalities with regards to representation and inclusivity. This involves designing and leading training sessions with different staff members in schools, as well as holding consultations with department leads on the decolonisation of school curricula, implementation of anti-racist practice and development of racial literacy.

After having my second child, I joined UWE in January 2023 as a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education.

Area of expertise

My research interests include: anti-racist pedagogies, the development of racial literacy, dialogic classrooms, Black Studies in Education and the teaching of Black British Literature in UK schools.

My MA thesis, based on small-scale qualitative research, explored anti-Blackness in traditional English curricula and drew on the perspectives and lived experiences of 6 teachers working across the UK to synthesise conceptions of anti-racist curricula and pedagogies.

I am currently working on a project which involves collaborating with Bristol teachers to develop schemes of work, resources and training for two Black British plays that have recently been added to KS4 English Literature set text lists for two examining boards. I plan to carry out small-scale research to assess the impact of these materials in local schools.


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