Prior to joining Edge Hill University, David Allan was registered as an Associate Tutor for two universities in the North West. He began his teaching career in secondary schools before moving on to lecture part time in various sixth form and further education colleges. He then taught English and maths to key stage four students undertaking a work-based learning programme and subsequently took up a managerial post before eventually taking over the full running of the programme. This programme met the needs of over 400 disaffected 14-16-year-olds and was recognised as an invaluable strategy of re-engagement.
David’s PhD, completed at Lancaster University, explored the learning journeys of a group of disaffected girls undertaking vocational learning. Since then, his research interests have focused on disaffection, student voice, and vocational learning in schools. Recently, however, he has been exploring the use of Lesson Study for student re-engagement and teacher development. He is the principal investigator for a research project that is currently investigating teachers’ perspectives of using Lesson Study to generate new communities of knowledge, and thus enhance pedagogical knowledge exchange.