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Senior lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Lisa began her career as a Primary School Teacher and now works as a Senior Lecturer teaching across ITT Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Lisa's specialist area is Drama pedagogy, working in partnership with schools to develop meaningful and motivational learning opportunities for children.

Drawing on her background in Psychology and Drama, Lisa has worked in a number of settings including hospitals and Special Education Needs settings developing creative pedagogy. She has worked as a Senior Leader in a Bradford Primary school, leading innovative curriculum developments and strengthening school partnerships with parents. Since joining Leeds Beckett, Lisa has developed her specialism further, teaching as part of the English team and completing an MA in Contemporary Performance. This gave an International perspective to her research. Her work looks at storytelling and story making as a tool to create meaningful experiential teaching and learning communities with young people and teacher facilitators. Lisa also works with a number of partnership schools, marginalised groups and Theatre Companies to promote learning that engages young people and has impact on their learning and development.

Recent Article
Dobson, T. and Stephenson, L. (in press) Primary Pupils’ Creative Writing: Enacting Identities in a Community of Writers. Literacy.


  • 2009–2016
    Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University
  • 1996–2004
    Primary School Teacher and Senior Manager, Wilsden Primary School