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Colette Ankers De Salis

School of Education

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

As a member of the Initial Teacher Education in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University, I have responsibility for the English programme on both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes leading to Qualified Teacher Status at Primary level and am Head of Year 3 (final year) on the Undergraduate programme. I teach on all Primary Programmes including School Direct Programmes and am module leader for both English and Professional Studies Modules.

I am a former Primary Teacher and gained both my PGCE and MEd from the University of Liverpool. have worked across the key stages in schools here in Liverpool and in Austrailia. My school-based experience includes a secondment working for the then Family Literacy Project. More recently I have worked closely with the former National Strategies national and regional co-ordinators. My current research interest is partnership and peer mentoring programmes for trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and effective teaching of Primary English. I am an external examiner for Nottingham Trent University.


University of Liverpool, England, MEd
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCERT (HE)
University of Liverpool, England, PGCE
University of Liverpool, England, BA (Hons)History and Politics


Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Primary English, Liverpool John Moores University, 2004 - present

Journal article

Ankers De Salis C, Gretton G, Smith C. 2023. Phonics: A ‘subject’ or part of the bigger picture of reading? Views and practices of student teachers Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, :62-77 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brundrett M, Ankers De Salis C, Rowley A, Stokell K. 2018. Do we need more male primary teachers? Tensions and contradictions in the perspectives of male and female trainees. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Wolstencroft P. 2020. Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing your TEF Profile and Beyond Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing Your TEF Profile and Beyond Open University Press. London 9780335249299


Waugh D, Allot K, Jolliffe W, Ankers De Salis C. 2016. A report into the key words and methodology used in the ‘Peter and Jane Key Words’ series


Ankers De Salis C. 2012. Expert reflection on the teaching of primary English in Teaching Primary English by Jackie Brien

Conference presentation:

I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the primary education course at LJMU., 8th TEAN Conference, Aston University Conference Cntre, Birmingham, Oral presentation. 2017

‘I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the female dominated primary education course at LJMU’, EHC Faculty Symposium, Redmonds Building, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2016

‘I’m a Male – Get Me Out of Here! Researching the male experience on the female dominated primary education course at LJMU’, Festival of Research, Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Titanic Hotel, Oral presentation. 2016

Research Grants Awarded:

Liverpool John Moores University FREE Capacity Building Project, Exploring the experiences of male trainees on a Primary BA (Hons) with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Degree course., Colette Ankers de Salis, Kathryn Stokell, Marilyn Kelly, Grant value (£): 7079.60, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2016

External committees:

North West (Merseyside) CPRT, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, Co-Chairperson. 2015

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy.