Michelle Vickers

Name: Michelle Vickers
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary English
Email: vickersm@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • PGCE Primary Education with QTS – Primary English Module.
  • BA Honours Primary Education with QTS both Full and Part –Time Programmes –
  • Primary English Levels 4, 5 and 6. Academic and Professional Development Modules Levels 4 and 5.
  • Module Lead for Primary English Major Specialism Level 6 for both Full and Part-Time Programmes.
  • Primary English Strand Leader – Writing development, teaching , learning and assessment including Poetry.
  • Academic and Professional Development Strand Leader – Professional Relationships.


  • BEd Hons 2:1
  • Education with English Main and Theatre Studies – St Martin’s College Lancaster University
  • Certificate in Special Educational Needs in Ordinary Classrooms – Manchester Polytechnic
  • Diploma in Special Educational Needs – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • PGCE in Education Management – Manchester Metropolitan Uinversity
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)- National College for School Leadership (NCSL)
  • PGCE in Teaching in Higher Education – Edge Hill University


  • Student teacher’s perceptions of grammar and grammar teaching and learning in primary schools.
  • Teachers as Readers


  • Primary Headteacher – Woodhouses Voluntary Controlled C of E and Free Church School, Oldham Sept 2005 – Dec 2012
  • Senior School Improvement Consultant – Primary National Strategy (English) Sept 2003 – Aug 2005
  • School Improvement Consultant – National Literacy Strategy April 1998 – Aug 2003
  • Associate Lecturer Open University Specialist Teacher Assistant Programme STAC 2002-2003
  • Primary Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum and Assessment, Staff Development, School Improvement  Projects Co-ordinator, Holy Trinity C of E, Oldham Sept 1993 – March 1998
  • Senior Leader – Curriculum and Assessment, Staff Development and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Alt Primary School, Oldham Sept 1990 – Aug 1993
  • Classteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Greenhill Community School, Oldham Sept 1987 – Aug 1990


  • Children’s Writing development.
  • Writing in the Primary English Curriculum.
  • Drama as a learning medium and its impact on language and literacy development.
  • Approaches to developing spoken language skills across the primary age range.
  • Philosophy for Children.

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise

Primary English Team – Teachers as Readers Phase 2 with Teresa Cremin


  • First Steps Tutor for Reading, Writing, Spelling (Oct 1999) and Oral Language (July 2001)
  • Level 1 Facilitator in Philosophical Enquiry (SAPERE) (Oct 2001)
  • Level 2 Facilitator and Trainer in Philosophical Enquiry (SAPERE) (July 2004)
  • International Leadership Learning Programme (SSAT and NCSL) researching the theme of Personalised Learning in an International Context. Including study tour to Melbourne, Australia  2009-2011
  • Leading School Improvement Network Learning Group (A group of 4 schools working with an independent consultant to develop Senior Leadership Teams.) 2011-2012