Who or what is FunkyPedagogy?

FunkyPedagogy is the creation of Jennifer Webb, a teacher working in a busy secondary school. Find out how it all started below.

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Jennifer Webb

Teacher | Leader | Author | Blogger | Speaker

Jennifer is an English teacher.

In November 2012 she joined Twitter as @FunkyPedagogy. She posted her first teaching blog in January 2013.

Why ‘funky’? Well, why not? It all made complete sense at the time. It will suffice to say, she’s delighted that she went with something a bit weird – it seems to have worked out for her.

Now, Jennifer is Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Trinity Academy Cathedral, a state secondary school in Wakefield. Over the course of her career she has worked at a number of other schools in West Yorkshire as a Head of English, an AST and a Lead Practitioner. She is the author of the best-selling books, ‘How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty’ (2019), ‘Teach Like a Writer’ (2020), ‘The Metacognition Handbook’ (2021) and ‘Essential Grammar: The Resource Book Every Secondary English Teacher Will Need‘ (2023).

Using her platform as FunkyPedagogy, Jennifer’s work has grown beyond writing to include: an online CPD library which raises funds for a number of charities through sales (read more here); The Reading List Project; a guest blogging platform; a free resource library, and frequent appearances as a speaker at educational conferences, events, and on podcasts. She also communicates much of her work via social media, mostly on Twitter.

Jennifer is mum to two beautiful boys; the most important and challenging job in the world!

Photograph of Jennifer Webb, the creator of FunkyPedagogy

Gemma Molyneux

Gemma is an experienced secondary school teacher and middle leader. She has been transitioning from full time work in school to more flexible working to enable her to: pursue an MA in Education, work in teacher education, gain her coaching accreditation, tutor students, and spend more time with her two young children. She is an invaluable part of the FunkyPedagogy project, supporting Jennifer as an organiser, collaborator and creative contributor.

You can find out more about Gemma on her LinkedIn profile here, and follow her on Twitter here.

Photograph of Gemma Molyneux

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