School of Education

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Helen Toft

Associate Professor (PGCE International), Faculty of Social Sciences



Helen Toft began her teaching career as an English and Drama teacher in an innovative secondary school on the outskirts of Sheffield, the 'Steel City'. When she moved to multi-cultural Leicester as the national curriculum was introduced to schools in England, she adapted her cross-curricular theme style of working so suited to primary schools, working in special needs support teaching roles across the key stages. Immersed in inclusive, creative and diversity values she became a specialist drama teacher whilst also freelancing with other creative professionals in schools, social services and community sectors in Nottingham. Working with adults who had previously not been successful in accessing fulltime education (but found themselves teaching trade skills to equally disadvantaged young people at colleges) gave her the opportunity to 'teach teachers' at Nottingham Trent University. From this came experience in 'Education Studies' at Leeds Met along with training refugee and asylum seeking teachers. These experiences culminated in teaching on the PGCEi for the University of Nottingham for the past 8 years. She was a lead author on the team for Being a teacher: Teaching and learning in a global context (2018) as well as Transforming Teaching:Global Responses to Teaching Under the Covid 19 Pandemic (2022) both published with Routledge.

School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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