Dr James Percival

Senior Lecturer in Education

School of Education, Humanities and Languages

James Percival


After a ten year career as a Primary Teacher, teaching all age ranges in 4 Oxfordshire Primary Schools, I began a new career as a Teacher Trainer when I moved to Oxford Brookes University in January 2004. Initially I taught Mathematics for all the ITT programmes, supplemented by Professional Studies, but in subsequent years I have started to teach History and Research methods to both undergraduates and PGCE students. Recently I became course leader for the revalidated BA (Primary Education) programme, and I am very much looking forward to new challenges as course leader.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Introduction to Mathematics in the Primary Curriculum
  • Mathematics and ICT in the Primary Curriculum
  • Mathematics and ICT in the Primary Curriculum – Extending understanding


  • PGCE – Mathematics and ICT
  • PGCE – History
  • BA Year 2 History
  • Research Methods

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Hamish Chalmers Translanguaging in linguistically super-diverse classrooms: the roles of students, teachers and parents and the effects on observable educational outcomes 2019


My research interests reflect my academic background, namely Primary History and the Humanities, and also the History and Philosophy of Primary Education, Educational Research methods and Schools as organisations. I completed a doctorate at Warwick University, researching the efficacy of cross-curricular approaches to Primary History through a series of detailed case-studies.

Research interests

  • BA (PE) Course Leader
  • BA + PGCE History
  • BA Mathematics
  • Primary Humanities Education
  • History and Development of Primary Curriculum
  • History and Philosophy of Education

Professional information


  • Supporting Male trainees – and survey of their experiences and needs. Presented at Knowledge transfer seminar
  • Trainees’ Perception of Primary Teaching as a Profession (Ed.D Module – unpublished)