Dr John Ryan

John Ryan

School of Education
Lecturer in Primary Education and Early Years

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

John Ryan joined the School Of Education in September 2012. He teaches Professional studies on the PGDip in Primary Education (PGCE Advanced) Primary and Early Years Course. Prior to this he worked for six years at Newman University as a Senior Lecturer in Professional Studies. John has worked in many Primary schools in Birmingham and he was a senior member of staff in all the schools he worked in. Previous roles have included Assistant Head Teacher, KS2 and KS1 co-coordinator as well as being a Leading Mathematics Teacher for Birmingham LA. His research interests include professional identity and primary citizenship.

Postgraduate supervision

John has the following research interests:

  • Primary Teachers Professional Identities
  • Masculinity in Primary settings
  • Character/Citizenship education in Primary schools
  • Pedagogy in Primary settings
  • Leadership in Primary schools
  • Mentoring and Coaching in Primary schools (CPD)
  • Partnerships with University and Primary education


Citized - Resources and policy for teachers teaching Citizenship lessons (2009) 

Resources for and materials for Primary section on Learningforlife website (2010) 

Knightly Virtues Project (with the John Templeton Foundation) – Pilot study in conjunction with local primary schools (2012)


Harrison, T., Morris, I. and Ryan, J. (2016) Teaching Character in the Primary Classroom, Learning Matters 

Ryan, J. and Griffin, S. (2nd Edition, 2008, 3rd Edition 2013, 4th Edition 2017) 'Partnerships with parents', in Learning to Teach in the Primary School, Teresa Cremin and James Arthur (Eds). Routledge

Ryan, J. and Griffin, S. (2010) 'Listening to children's voices - in educational settings’, in Working with Children Young People and Families, Graham Brotherton, Helen Davies and Gillian McGillivray (Eds) Sage 

Conference papers 

Creating Classroom Environments to Promote Learning Diversity -Paper presented at the UCET conference - A presentation of findings from action research in local primary school with teachers and lecturers on the Education Studies degree programme. 

Widening Participation Conference HEAA Escalate Conference - Men Into Teaching – Uncertain Identities. A presentation of findings from ongoing research.

Gender Issues Affecting the ‘Others’ – Male Primary School Teachers. Paper presented to CLIS conference – Edge Hill - A presentation of findings from research for Doctorate study 

Male Primary School teachers – paper presented at Uob Doctoral Conference November 2014 

Revered and Elevated or Invisible and Condemned, A male Concern: Perspectives of Male Primary Teachers in English Primary schools – Presentation of Doctoral findings at School of Education Research Conference June 2016