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Research and publications

Current roles

Visiting Lecturer (2015-present) - Leeds Trinity University
Primary Education

Associate Lecturer, (2018-present) - The Open University
Education Studies, Primary Education 

Research interests

My main research interest is children's writing in primary school. I am interested in developing practices that grow children's creative skills, and their identity as authors. I am currently developing this reserch area to film-making with children, the value of graphic novels as tools for reading and composing and augmented reality.

For my Masters I researched teacher identity and the reasons why teachers leave the profession. 

Keywords: writing, creativity, children as authors, film-making, graphic novels, teacher identity, performativity



Kucharczyk, S. and Kucharczyk, M. (2017) All the World’s A Stage: Ideas for teaching Shakespeare in the primary classroom, Leeds: ARTiculate Education


Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (Under review) ‘Reflections on using The Arrival in primary literacy classes: Power, freedom and reinterpreting the picturebook as a ‘mirror’.’ Literacy.

Kucharczyk, S. (2018) ‘Ode to nowhere’, Storymakers Dialogues: Making Sense of Ourselves in the World, Issue 1, June 2018 [Online] Available at:

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2017) ‘How to use picture books to get your class talking about emotions’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 26 October 2017 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2017) An Author Way: a shift in the pedagogy of writing [Online] Available at:

Hanna, H. and Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Five ways to help migrant children settle in your class.’ The Guardian Teacher Network, 22 November 2016 [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘More than a thousand words: a salute to the genius of picture books.’ TES Online, [Online] Available at:

Kucharczyk, S. (2016) ‘Engaging your rogue ones: using Star Wars in the classroom.’ TES Online [Online] Available at:

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Hello teachers!

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