Personal Profile: An introduction to Gill Robins
Gill graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA degree in music, simultaneously studying for a Royal Academy of Music LRAM diploma in piano. After completing a PGCE at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, she taught music to children from the age of 3 upwards. She also trained non-specialist Primary teachers to deliver music through modelled teaching.
Following a move to the Primary classroom, Gill gained experience in the management of English and Assessment in addition to Music. She worked in an advisory role as a Leading English Teacher as part of the DfE Every Child a Writer programme, ultimately becoming a Deputy Head. Her research work during this time led to an MA in Education from the University of Winchester. In 2011, Gill left full time teaching to become a writer.
Gill also publishes regularly. In 2009, she joined the Editorial Board of the English Association 4 – 11 journal, initially as reviews editor and then as Chair of the Board, before leaving in 2011 to complete her books and pursue other writing opportunities. She reviews books regularly both for her own website and also for Books for Keeps, the UK’s leading idependent book magazine.
In 2010, Gill won the prestigious UKLA John Downing Award presented biannually for innovative and creative approaches to the teaching of English. After considering evidence in the use of texts, pupil voice, colleague support, learning partnerships and parental involvement, the judges wrote, ‘The panel was most impressed with Gill Robins’ thoroughly professional reflection on her practice. The portfolio was a joy to read and unanimously considered by the panel to be the award winner.’
Gill’s specific areas of research interest include:
- learning theories, currently with particular reference to the effect of praise on children’s learning motivation
- developing best practice in the teaching and learning of English language and literature with Primary aged children
- the use of contemporary approaches to the teaching of classic texts in Primary and Secondary school contexts
- the role of music in the development of language skills.
You can also read Gill’s Published Articles which span the range of her research interests.