Mary Weston

Name: Mary Weston
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary English and English Subject Leader
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • Mary began her career working in a primary school in inner city in London. She has since worked across the primary age range as a class teacher, deputy head teacher, advisory teacher for SEN, consultant for the National Literacy Strategy and as an acting head teacher. She moved to Higher Education in 2007 where she joined Edge Hill University as a senior lecturer for primary English. She spent the academic year from 2012-2013 at Brighton University, as a senior lecturer. She is currently studying for An EdD at Oxford Brookes University. She remains passionate about teaching and about giving children of today the best education.


  • 2009-10 – Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – Edge Hill University
  • 2004-2005 – National Professional Qualification for Headship – NCSL
  • 1996-2001 – M.A. in Education – Oxford Brookes University
  • 1981-1985 – B.Ed (Hons) Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, Lancashire


  • Reading for Pleasure in the primary English curriculum
  • Grammar and the impact of the current curriculum on the approaches that teachers take
  • History of Education and the political impact of the past on the curriculum.


Research interests:

  • Student perceptions of effective teaching
  • Reading for Pleasure

Knowledge transfer and enterprise:

Working with schools to develop their practice in the teaching of phonics, reading for pleasure, guiding readers.