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Lecturer in Education, University of Exeter

Helen Knowler is an experienced and qualified teacher, and since 2006 has been a lecturer teaching and researching in the field of Special and Inclusive Education. Her specific interests relate to the educational experiences of pupils identified as having Social, Emotional and Mental Heath needs and the role of teachers in supporting them. Helen's work focusses upon the ethical and affective dimensions of teaching and learning, and she draws her theoretical and methodological inspiration from sociology, socio-cultural theory and visual methodologies. Helen continues to work closely with schools and teachers and is committed to the principles of inclusion, social justice and participation in every aspect of her work - including use of critical pedagogies, inclusive assessment practices and designing research that is meaningful and important to the people she works with.


  • 2009–present
    Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Bristol
  • 2006–2009
    Programme Director/Lecturer , University of Plymouth
  • 2005–2006
    Advisory Teacher (SEBD) , Devon Local Authority
  • 1994–2006
    Classroom Teacher , Primary Schools in the Midlands and Devon


  • 2006 
    University of Plymouth, MA (Ed) Inclusive Education


  • 2014
    Done, E., Murphy, M. and Knowler, H (2014) Mandatory accreditation for special educational needs coordinators: Bio-politics, neoliberal managerialism and the Deleuzo-Guattarian 'war machine', Journal of Education Policy
  • 2012
    Done, E. & Knowler, H. L. (2012) Features of a post-identitarian pedagogy (with reference to postgraduate student writing and the continuing professional development of teachers). , Studies in Higher Education
  • 2011
    Done, E. & Knowler, H. L. (2011) (Re)writing reflective practice with Deleuze, Guattari and feminist poststructuralism ., Reflective Practice
  • 2011
    Done, E., Knowler, H., Murphy, M., Rea, T. & Gale, K. (2011) (Re) Writing CPD: creative analytic practices and the professional development of teachers , Reflective Practice
  • 2009
    Knowler, H. (2009) Special, Mainstream or the place in-between: participation and inclusion for pupils who experience SEBD in Gibson, S & Haynes, J (Eds)(2009) Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education London: Continuum , Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education
  • 2007
    Gibson, S. & Knowler, H. (2007) The Joy of meeting pupil needs through developing community in D. Hayes (Ed.), Joyful Teaching and Learning in the Primary School Exeter: Learning Matters, Joyful Teaching and Learning