Elaine read History at the University of Kent and continued her studies with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. A teacher for over twenty years, she has experience across the full range of Key Stages having taught pupils from Reception age to Year 13 students.
Currently undertaking a PhD, Elaine’s research considers the successes and failures of induction programmes for newly qualified teachers and assesses their weaknesses and their strengths. On the basis of this assessment, an induction programme, based on the concept of peer group mentoring and drawing on the principles and procedures of action research, will be designed, aiming to meet the professional needs and concerns of beginning teachers in Gibraltar. A Case Study of the programme will be conducted in order to provide a research basis for assessing whether this aim achieved.
Elaine holds the post of Head of School (Education) at the University and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the PGCE as well as lecturing within the programme.