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Christine Hall

Professor of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences



Professor Christine Hall worked originally as a teacher of English in secondary schools in London, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; she has worked at the School of Education since the early 1990s. During that time she has undertaken a variety of leadership roles, including Head of the School of Education from 2008 to 2014 and Head of Initial Teacher Education from 2003-2007. She has been a member of the University's governing Council for the last six years.

Chris is a member of the School's Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy [CRACL]. She works with a cohort of PhD students and teaches on the Masters in Creativity, Arts, Literacy and Learning and on the Professional Doctorate in Education [EdD]. Her writing and research stem from her interest in literacy, the teaching of literature, the arts and creativity and policy related to teacher education and the development of the school curriculum. She likes to work collaboratively and frequently works with other CRACL members.

Recent funded research projects have included:

· two projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company (one with Anton Franks, the other with Pat Thomson, Anton Franks and Ken Jones)

· two projects for Creative Partnerships/Creativity Culture and Education (with Pat Thomson and Ken Jones).

Chris and Pat Thomson are currently working together on two books: one on place-based research methods, for Bloomsbury, and one on arts education in schools, for Routledge.

Chris's current funded research is also with Pat Thomson, but also with the Education and Learning teams from the Tate Gallery and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The research project, called TALE [Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement] is a 3 year longitudinal study of students' and teachers' learning in arts-rich schools across England, funded by Arts Council England. Chris is also working with Susan Jones on a project about new philanthropy and local policy making, and with Jo McIntyre on a project about young people's engagement in Nottingham's Creative Quarter.

Throughout her career, Chris has worked closely with schools, teachers and teaching organisations, both locally and internationally. Currently she works with local Teaching School Alliances, is a member of Nottingham City's Education Improvement Board and sits on the governing bodies of both Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) and Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST). She also works closely with teachers in China through her work with the School of Education on the University's Ningbo campus, which she visits regularly, and she is active in promoting links between schools in Nottingham and Ningbo.

Research Summary

Arts Council England (2015 - 2018): Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement, with Pat Thomson, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Tate.

Selected Publications

Chris is a member of the Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy. Her research supervision areas include:

  • literacy learning
  • English teaching
  • literacy policy
  • children's reading
  • the arts and creativity
  • teacher education and professional development

Research proposals: please email Chris if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

Past Research

Culture Creativity and Education [CCE] (2010-2014): The Signature Pedagogies Project, with Pat Thomson, Ken Jones and Julian Sefton-Green

Royal Shakespeare Company (2010-11): Evaluation of knowledge transfer in the Royal Shakespeare Company Leading Practitioner Network with Pat Thomson, Ken Jones (Goldsmiths), Anton Franks (Institute of Education)

Arts Council UK/Creative Partnerships (2006-2008): The impact of Creative Partnerships on whole school change, with Pat Thomson, and Ken Jones and Nafsika Alexiadou (Keele University).

Nottinghamshire Arts Partnership (2008-2009): Evaluation of Nottinghamshire Arts Partnership, with Pat Thomson and Edward Sellman.

Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority (2005-6): Evaluation of the LEA's Self Evaluation Framework and school-based quality assurance procedures with Andy Noyes.

ESRC RES-000-22-0834 (2004-2006): Promoting social and education inclusion through the creative arts with Pat Thomson and Lisa Russell.

Museums Libraries and Archives Council/Arts Council (2004-2006):Evaluation of the national Literature Matters initiative, with Mary Bailey and Nikki Gamble (UKLA).

Learning and Skills Council (2004-5):Evaluation of the City of Nottingham's Academic Coaches Initiative, with Bernadette Youens.

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