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Colin Forster University of Gloucestershire, UK

Much to the surprise of anyone who meets him now, when he was a young man, Colin Forster spent two years working as an outdoor activities instructor and it was during this time that he developed an interest in education.  He began his primary teaching career in south west London before moving to Gloucestershire, where he continued to gain school leadership experience.  He is currently a senior lecturer in primary education at the University of Gloucestershire, where he has gained considerable experience of primary teacher education course leadership and in supporting students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with research projects focused on improving practice.  His areas of interest include primary science, behaviour management and action research and he has undertaken research into children’s experience of homework in the primary years.