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Paula Daines

Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Courses taught:

Paula is an experienced lecturer and teacher who worked in primary schools before moving into Higher Education as a Teacher Educator. Paula is an active researcher and is currently completing her doctoral study on the experiences of females who change career and retrain as primary teachers.

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After a decade-long first career in advertising, Paula retrained as a primary teacher and has worked in both state and independent schools. Paula has taught across KS1/KS2 with extensive experiences in years 2 and 6. In 2019, on completion of her Master’s in Education, Paula moved into Higher Education as a Lecturer. First at the University of Cumbria, teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and then within the National Institute of Teaching and Education at Coventry University on the PGCE QTS route. Paula is an active practitioner in mentoring early career teachers and engages with several professional research bodies exploring this area.

Research interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Early Career Teachers
  • Female career-changers who move into primary teaching
  • The role of mentoring Early Career Teachers


  • MA Education, University of East London
  • QTS, Forest Independent Primary Collegiate
  • BA (Hons) Business Administration and Marketing, University of Greenwich

Memberships, editorial boards

  • BERA member

Selected recent publications

Daines, P., 2023. 'On the quest for an unusual research methodology: the stories of female career-changers who retrain as primary teachers'. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 13, No 2.

Daines, P. & Jump, K. Author and host. ‘An Introduction to the Research Process for Master’s students’ (audio podcast). Release date: April, 2023. National Institute of Teaching and Education, Coventry University.

Czerniawski, G. & Daines, P. Contributor. ‘Teacher Educator Living Library: InFoTED Podcasts of the Profession’ (audio podcast). Release date: December, 2022. University of East London, University of Aberdeen & InFOTED.

Recent presentations and conferences

University of East London Doctoral Conference 2022: poster submission

Coventry University 2023: presentation on ‘Reflective Practice for Trainees and Mentors’

Warwick Education Postgraduate Conference 2023: poster submission and presentation on ‘Methodology of Oral Histories as a feminist data collection tool’