Dr. Paul Norman

Professional Profile and Research
Paul EdD Graduation

Paul qualified from Plymouth University with a 2:1 BEng (Hons) in Communications Engineering but he realised that he wanted to undertake public service and went on to qualify with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education focused on Craft, Design and Technology at Secondary level.

After teaching in Essex for 11 years and progressing in school roles to a Senior Leadership role and completing the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers, Paul achieved a promotion to the position of Deputy Headteacher at The Wey Valley School in Weymouth, a role he would undertake for the following 15 years. In 2019 Paul resigned his position and after a brief break took up a post as a supply teacher for Pro-Education placed at Budmouth Academy. This became a permanent teaching post with the Academy in November 2019.

Alongside teaching Paul has a passion for educational research. This led to the completion of a Masters degree with Anglia Polytechnic University and Ultralab, focused on educational technology and particularly Computer-based learning. At this time he also qualified as a Certified Cisco Academy Instructor. He has subsequently completed a Professional Doctorate in Education with Plymouth University, focused on Headteacher Experiences and Perceptions of  Rapid Policy Reform in English Secondary Schools. Further periods of research have led to Paul publishing work through the DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship programme and the National College for School Leadership Research Associate Programme. All of this work can be accessed through the links below.

Professional Profile

Current Research Activity

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Currently developing a paper based on EdD Thesis

MA (Education) with ULTRALAB

Professional Doctorate EdD with PLYMOUTH

Unit 1: Research Methodology
Unit 2: Online Learners and Learning
Unit 3: ICT in English
Unit 4: ICT Freedom and Constraint
Unit 5: Dissertation

Unit 1: Apprenticeship or Bust
Unit 2: Professional Learning
Unit 3: A Very NEET Construction
Unit 4: Thesis Proposal
Headteacher experiences and perceptions of standards-led reform in English secondary schools.

Other Research Work

DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship
NCSL Research Associate Project