Mrs Helen Burns
Helen Burns is a Research Associate and Research Project Manager for ‘Mind the Gap’, exploring and evidencing the value of a parental engagement initiative developed by the Campaign for Learning. Initial findings from this initiative indicate a significant impact on children and young people’s motivation and attainment. Taking place over 2 years, Mind the Gap is a national research project which will further explore and evidence this impact. The project uses a creative, animation process as a vehicle for ‘Learning 2 Learn’ pedagogy and is funded by the Education Endowment Fund and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation. Helen also contributes to postgraduate teaching within the school through the Arts in Education and Research Methods in Education modules.
After graduating from Glasgow School of Art with a BAhons in Fine Art, Helen worked as an Artist Educator in school and community settings in Glasgow and the North East for 10 years. On gaining an MA(distinction) in Library and Information Management, Helen began a career in cultural and creative education including work with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and with Creativity, Culture and Education, as Programme Manager for the national Creative Partnerships initiative.
Currently working on an EdD thesis on imagination in learning and how visual pedagogies support this, Helen’s interests lie in creative and cultural education and visual research methods.