Niamh McGrogan – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Niamh McGrogan is a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University. Her career began in children's social care services before progressing into counselling and subsequently education. During her teaching career in Kent, she obtained her Master's degree with the Open University and progressed to an academic career at Bath Spa University.

Niamh is enthusiastic about supporting future teachers in their training and development, contributing to a high quality training programme that provides not only the minimum entitlement for teacher education but goes beyond this to offer an ambitious curriculum which promotes highly effective and inspirational practitioners.

Niamh understands the challenges of adapting practice across the breadth of the primary national curriculum to meet the needs of children, and enjoys exploring this with colleagues, students and school partners. She is passionate about supporting Bath Spa Teachers to develop their approaches to teaching to ensure that their skills, knowledge and understanding are developed at every opportunity to the benefit of all the children they teach.

She is also passionate about supporting teachers in engaging with and in research, and collaborates with both Bath Spa Teachers and school teachers to conduct research in the classroom to draw conclusions that can enhance development and understanding of practice. Her current doctoral research investigates research capacity building in primary schools through such collaborative research activity.

Academic qualifications

  • MEd Open University
    BSc Queen's University, Belfast.

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • QTS Canterbury Christchurch University.

Professional memberships

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Other external roles

  • External Examiner for the University of Roehampton
  • Annual Assessment Associate for Pearson Education
  • Senior Peer Reviewer for the International Academic Forum.

Teaching specialism

  • Mathematics Education.

Research and academic outputs

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Formative use of assessment by pupils
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McGrogan, N and Earle, S (2019) 'Formative use of assessment by pupils.' In: Earle, S, ed. Assessment in the primary classroom: principles and practice. Learning Matters, London, pp. 33-45. ISBN 9781526449986


Challenging able, interested and motivated (AIM) children within and beyond core subjects
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Burtonshaw, A and McGrogan, N (2019) 'Challenging able, interested and motivated (AIM) children within and beyond core subjects.' Impact, 7. ISSN 2514-6955


Pupils' use of visual mathematical problem solving strategies
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Loughran, E and McGrogan, N (2017) 'Pupils' use of visual mathematical problem solving strategies.' Mathematics Teaching, 256. ISSN 0025-5785


A synthesis of research, inquiry and practice: teachers' perspectives of knowledge development through research
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McGrogan, N (2019) A synthesis of research, inquiry and practice: teachers' perspectives of knowledge development through research. In: Twenty-Sixth International Conference on Learning, 24-26 July 2019, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.


Teachers as researchers: investigating research capacity building through collaborative close-to-practice inquiry
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McGrogan, N (2019) Teachers as researchers: investigating research capacity building through collaborative close-to-practice inquiry. In: IfE Research Conference, June 2019, Bath Spa University, UK.


From papers to planning: the views of teacher trainees on the effectiveness of subject knowledge development opportunites
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McGrogan, N (2016) From papers to planning: the views of teacher trainees on the effectiveness of subject knowledge development opportunites. In: UCET Annual Conference, 8 - 9 November 2016, Birmingham, UK.


Creative writing pedagogy: can it be altered to increase the engagement of reluctant writers with the writing process?
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McGrogan, N (2014) Creative writing pedagogy: can it be altered to increase the engagement of reluctant writers with the writing process? In: UKLA 50th International Conference, 4-6 July 2014, University of Sussex, UK.


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