Mari Cruice

Mari Cruice


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Mari Cruice is an Associate Professor of Education; she leads the Secondary English PGCE course; teaches a module on Leading Educational Organisations and supervises Doctoral students at Roehampton University.

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 a Master's Degree in Design and Communication in Education, a Doctorate in Education and a Diploma in Coaching.


BA (Oxon); PGCE Secondary English (King's); MA in Design and Communication in Education (IoE); EdD (Roehampton and Kingston); Diploma in Coaching (Coaching Development).

Research interests

English teaching. Teachers' identities as writers. The place of the personal in the professional. Coaching and Mentoring in Education.

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

Council Member, Roehampton University

Active member of NATE (National Association of Teachers of English)



Leads: Secondary English PGCE

Teaches: Leading Educational Organisations