Shirley Hindley

Name: Shirley Hindley
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Course Leader Modern Foreign Languages Secondary Education
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education



  • Primary PGCE and Undergraduate Languages
  • Secondary Undergraduate Modern Foreign Languages
  • Year 1 Leader Personal and Professional Development


  • Edge Hill University –  KS2/3 Modern Foreign Languages Course Leader prior to current role
  • French and German teacher in Preston and Blackpool Secondary schools
  • Languages teacher in Primary school


  • 2:1(Hons) Language and Education
  • PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages in French and German
  • M.Ed in Educational Psychology

Interests & Achievements:


  • Cooking
  • Keeping fit
  • Spending time with family and friends


  • Porter prize for Progress in 6th Form (1988)
  • Nationwide (IDTA) Ballroom dance champion (1985



  • Pupil self-esteem, resilience, and transition
  • The role of culture in language learning
  • Primary languages

Professional Development/Enhancement:

  • Contributed to validation of Mandarin Chinese module as second language study option for Year Two Secondary Modern Foreign Language trainees (2014)
  • Contributed to re-validation of Secondary undergraduate programme (2012)
  • Represented Humanities Department for International Audit (2011)
  • Represented Humanities Department in FARQEC 2009-2010

Published work:

Dissertation paper ‘Pupils experiences of a Primary school intervention for raising self-esteem: a useful endeavour for all?’ completed September 2006 for M.Ed

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise:

Conference Presentations:

  • Joint presentation with Wendy Dixon at the TEAN conference Lancaster 2012 entitled:“The use of video conferencing as a tool for ITT and school improvement”
  • Joint presentation with Monika Reece at the Loughborough CILT conference 13th September 2008 entitled:“Contemporary Youth Culture: Bridging the Channel”
  • Presentation at Edge Hill for the “Research in the Faculty of Education” conference, 1st July 2008
  • Joint presentation with Alison Daly from Standish Language College at the Teacher’s Symposium run by Manchester University on the 20th June 2007 entitled : “Primary Languages: The Challenge of Transition”
  • Presentation at the Evidence Based Practice Conference run by Liverpool JMU on the 15th May 2007 entitled:Pupils’ perceptions of the impact of a whole-school intervention on self-esteem: The Charter Award”

External Collaborations/Partnership Activity:

  • Primary Languages Eurovision, Bishop Martin CofE Primary School, November 2014
  • Spanish Fiesta launch of Spanish in school, Bishop Martin CofE Primary School, September 2012


  • Primary/Secondary PGCE and UG Languages training at Edge Hill University, December 2014
  • “The use of video conferencing as a tool to teach primary languages.” Collaboration with Wigan Council Department of Education, 2007-2011


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