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Dr Alex Woodgate-Jones BA, MA, PhD, PGCE

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr Alex Woodgate-Jones is a Senior Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Before working at Southampton, Alex spent several years teaching in a school in the Basque country which sparked an ongoing interest in teaching and learning. Having returned to the UK, she subsequently taught in primary schools in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Swindon, as classteacher and literacy coordinator. She currently works predominantly on the BSc in Education studies and the Primary PGCE programmes (as lead tutor on the Teaching and Learning and Assignments aspects). She has reviewed papers for several journals including Teaching and Teacher Education, Language Learning and Journal of Education for Teaching, and has completed several research projects funded by the TDA (related to teaching trainee teachers).


The subject of her PhD was the introduction of the modern foreign language initiative into primary schools in England, with an emerging focus on the teachers’ voices and their responses to imposed change. She is particularly interested in how the notion of professionalism for teachers has changed and how the voices of the teachers themselves could and should be better heard.

Research interests

Alex is interested in how the role of the teacher has changed, particularly the notion of teachers as professionals and how their voices are often neither sought nor heard. In addition she has published articles concerning the purpose of modern foreign language teaching in primary schools (including the status of linguistic competence and intercultural understanding). Through her daily work she is also interested in specific issues that have an impact on how effectively children learn, such as developing emotional wellbeing, the role of PSHE and positive behaviour management. She is a member of CRI (centre for Research in Inclusion).

Research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Research project(s)

How can we raise awareness of the value of the trainee in a school? - Dormant

What are the educational aims of modern foreign language teaching in primary schools in England? (Woodgate-Jones) - Dormant

Dr Alex Woodgate-Jones
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 34/2023

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3556

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