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Mrs Helen Knowler

Mrs Helen Knowler

Mrs Helen Knowler

Senior Lecturer

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Senior Lecturer in Education

Office 315B
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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+44 (0) 117 331 4102


Helen’s research and publications have mainly been in the field of Special and Inclusive Education, with a specific focus on the inclusion of pupils who experience Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD).  She is currently engaged in doctoral research exploring the ways that teachers learn to teach pupils who experience SEBD.  In addition to PhD research Helen has been involved in a number of research projects, including commissioned research for a Local Authority in the South West, small scale internally funded projects investigating the implementation of government materials in schools, as well as a collaborative project with schools and teacher researchers, attracting funding from the DCSF.

Collaboration is a strong feature of Helen’s research portfolio and well as working within her own specific field, she has also enjoyed working on research projects that are focused upon pedagogic development and student experience and participation.


Helen’s previous experience as a classroom teacher and as a Local Authority Advisor (SEBD) brings a breadth and depth of professional teaching experience which is essential to her work with education professionals.  Since entering into higher education in 2006 she has enjoyed the challenges of developing a second career, consolidating her experience in teaching, programme management and research.  Helen joined the Graduate School of Education from the University of Plymouth in March 2009.

Helen is the Programme Coordinator for the Msc Education (Special and Inclusive Education) reflecting her teaching and research interests in Inclusive Education. She is currently the convenor of the Inclusion and Special Education Network which is a supportive space for reseachers, students and education professionals to meet and discuss issues that impact on their work. In 2015 she was awarded the University of Bristol Award for Education in recognition for her committment to the development of an inclusive learning environment and excellence in her focus on the student experience. 


  • Programme Coordinator for MEd Special and Inclusive Education
  • Current National and International Developments in Inclusive and Special Education EDUCM5602
  • Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education EDUCM5601
  • Counselling Young People and Families EDUCM5912
  • Introduction to Educational Inquiry EDUCM5600
  • Leading on Behaviour Management in Schools: EDUCM0034


  • social emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • inclusion
  • educational settings
  • teaching process
  • schools
  • social and emotional aspects of learning
  • writing as a method of inquiry
  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • teacher professional development
  • teacher identity



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