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Personal profile


Mari Cruice is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education; she leads the Secondary English PGCE course and teaches a Master's module on Leading Teaching and Learning.

Mari Cruice grew up in South Wales. In 1986, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Pearson United World College in Canada, where she took her International Baccalaureate. She went on to graduate from Oxford University in 1991 before living and working in Mexico (where she taught drama in a community school) and Zimbabwe (where she worked for Streetkids International). Between 1993 and 1996, Mari worked in Westminster as a Political Researcher and Public Affairs Manager.

In 1996 Mari took a PGCE course in secondary English at King's College London. Since then, she has taught English, Drama, Media Studies and Philosophy in a variety of state schools in England. During that time, she has been an Advanced Skills Teacher, a Head of Department and a member of a Senior Leadership Team. She has completed her Master's Degree in Design and Communication in Education and her Doctorate in Education.


BA (Oxon); MA in Design and Communication in Education (IoE); EdD (Roehampton and Kingston)

Research interests

Teachers' identities as writers. Assessment in English. The place of the personal in the professional. Engaging teachers in and with educational research.

Research projects

Doctoral research was a study of the shifting discourses on standards and standardisation in secondary English classrooms in England and Wales. Specifically, the impact on pedagogy of removing SATs testing at Key Stage Three was investigated.

More recent research has been into the importance of understanding students' cultural heritage in order to facilitate high levels of participation in classroom talk.

Currently working on researching teachers' involvement in writing groups.

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the RSA.

Executive Committee Member of the National Writing Project.



Secondary English ITT (Initial Teacher Training).


Leading Teaching and Learning.


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Research Output

Editorial on Writing Pedagogy

Cruice, M. & Smith, J., 27 Mar 2019, In : English in Education. 53, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Something Rotten in the State of England? The plight of writing in schools

Cruice, M., 25 Nov 2018, In : Teaching English. Autumn 2018, 18, p. 50-52 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Should there be a core curriculum for Initial Teacher Education? Five go on an epistemological adventure.

Cruice, M., Smith, L., Cliff-Hodges, G. & Roberts, R., 31 Oct 2017

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

The Colour of Tolerance: Teaching Tolerance in the English classroom

Cruice, M., 10 Jun 2017, In : Teaching English. 14, p. 56-58 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Keeping the Lights On: A Play in Two Acts

Cruice, M., 2016, Education, Theory and Pedagogies of Change in a Global Landscape: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Role of Theory in Doctoral Research. Perselli, V. (ed.). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 196-212 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course


Mari Cruice (Invited speaker)

6 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Maynooth University Summer Writing Institute for Teachers

Mari Cruice (Invited speaker)

7 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

The Pedagogy of Ambiguity

Mari Cruice (Invited speaker)

4 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Filmed talking about research into writing

Mari Cruice


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Press / Media