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Dr Avril Rowley

Dr Avril Rowley

Telephone: 0151 231 5487


As Head of Year 1 in Initial Teacher Education at Liverpool John Moores University, I have responsibility for the first year Undergraduates starting their journey to becoming primary school teachers. I oversee their induction and settling into a 3 year degree programme to Qualified Teacher Status at Primary level within the School of Education. I also teach Primary and Early Years Science Subject Knowledge and Pedagogies on the PGCE/DE programmes.

I am a former Primary Teacher and I gained my Primary BEd (Hons) and PhD in Education Management at LJMU. I have 20 years experience of teaching in a variety of primary schools across Liverpool. My research interests focus on:
1. Partnership and peer mentoring programmes for trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers (NQTs);
2. Effective models of Educational Leadership and Management in a climate of constant educational change;
3. Dynamic teaching and learning models in primary education and curriculum design, with special interest in Constructivist approaches to teaching science.


2003, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD: The management of change in primary education: nine headteachers' perspectives of their management and leadership styles through a period of educational reform
1994, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Primary BEd (Hons) History and Social Studies


Journal article

Bell L, Rowley A. 2002. The impact of educational policy on headship in primary schools in England, 1994‐2001 Journal of Educational Administration, 40 :195-210 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

External committees:

North West (Merseyside) CPRT, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, Co-Chairperson