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William Gray

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

William is a primary school deputy headteacher and teacher educator with experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. He has been curriculum lead for maths, music, languages and PE and now leads on all teaching and learning in school. William's classroom was a good practice hub and hosted teachers and leaders from across the region. 

William works over Northumbria's initial teacher education provision and is passionate about research in this area. His specialism is early mathematics and this forms the basis of his doctoral research. 

William Gray

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘The world is your oyster’: Mothers’ perspectives on the value and purpose of an independent Forest School provision, Friedman, S., Allin, L., Gray, W. 27 Feb 2024, In: Children's Geographies
  • Virtual reality check: A realist evaluation protocol for exploring the use of Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) to support pre-service teachers’ understanding of approaches to behaviour management, Woodley, H., Mulholland, K., Nichol, D., Counihan, C., Luke, C., Gray, W., Meller, S., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Ross, J. 1 Feb 2024, In: Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • Cognitive science in primary school: One school’s journey in applying research to practice, McDonald, P., Gray, W. Sep 2023
  • Staff perceptions on implementing interprofessional education for undergraduate students in health, social work and education, Harper, L., Luke, C., Mulholland, K., Callum, J., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Gray, W., Anderson, A., McGill, F., Davies, J. 28 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • Supporting professional development in primary mathematics: Applying the EEF guidance report, Gray, W., Mulholland, K. 31 Jan 2023, In: Impact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching
  • "The Bits of the Job Beyond Teaching": Can simulation-based learning in Initial Teacher Education better prepare students for real-life as a teacher?  , Mulholland, K., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Luke, C., Gray, W., Meller, S., Counihan, C. 13 Sep 2023
  • Using simulation in a primary education context to encourage student engagement and professional learning, Gray, W., Luke, C., Meller, S., Mulholland, K., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Nichol, D. 14 Apr 2023, European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference
  • Welcome Matviy: Working in staff–student partnerships to develop simulation-based learning to support teachers’ understanding of EAL, Luke, C., Counihan, C., Nichol, D., Meller, S., Mulholland, K., Gray, W., Anderson, A., Herridge, D., Karikis, D., Sanderson, R., Collard, E., Hill, R. Sep 2023
  • ‘We need more conversations like this’: The impacts of working with student pedagogic consultants in developing simulation-based pedagogies, Mulholland, K., Nichol, D., Counihan, C., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Meller, S., Luke, C., Gray, W. 15 Oct 2023, In: Journal Of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • “Everyone’s talking about Oscar.”: Using simulation in a primary education context to encourage student engagement and professional learning, Luke, C., Meller, S., Anderson, A., Gray, W., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Mulholland, K. 3 Nov 2022, UCET Annual Conference 2022

  • Primary Education BA (Hons) with QTS
  • PGCE
  • Fellowship FHEA
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership NPQSL


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