Hello, welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my website.
My name is Jonathan Sandling and I am a teacher, education leader, researcher, writer and public speaker on education-related topics.
I have created this website to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences in the hope that I will be able to develop an online community with other like-minded individuals who wish to connect and collaborate with me in meaningful projects and discussions.
My teaching experience has predominantly been within the further and higher education sectors in the UK.
I have taught a variety of different subject, from human anatomy to leadership theory; I have taught across a range of different institutions, both public and private sector; and I have taught at various levels of learning, from GCSE to postgraduate study.
This varied experience has enabled me to develop a unique set of skills, experiences and knowledge.
I have undertaken a range of academic management and leadership roles throughout my career in education.
My leadership experience is aligned with my teaching experience, in that I have experience across a range of institutions, subject areas, sectors and levels of learning as well as international academic leadership experience.
I regularly speak at conferences and events on education, research and teaching and learning.
Predominantly, I speak about practical, actionable teaching strategies to help educators enhance their classroom and online teaching practice. I also speak about my doctoral research which is focused on humorous learning cultures and how they support improved cognitive performance in students.
I get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from public speaking and love the meaningful interactions it creates with other education professionals.
If you think I might be able to add some value to your event, conference or workshop feel free to get in touch.
I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Cambridge. I am a student member of the Faculty of Education completing a five year part-time programme of study.
I am researching humour in education, with a specific focus on humorous learning cultures and how they support improvements in cognitive performance in students.
I am a student member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD) researching humorous learning cultures and how they support cognitive performance in students.
I am enrolled as a doctoral student at Homerton College. Homerton is one of Cambridge University’s 31 colleges and is situated next to the Faculty of Education. It has amazing grounds and buildings and it is a fantastic place to study and meet with peers.
I am a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, joining as a Fellow at the College’s point of inception in 2017. I have also written for the College’s online journal, Impact, on the topic of humorous learning cultures.
I am a member of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). The ISHS is a scholarly and professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of humour research.
I am a member of the Chartered Management Institute and hold a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. I also have experience teaching CMI leadership qualifications to developing and aspiring managers.
I hold an MSc in Science awarded by The Open University. This consisted predominantly of a psychology and sociology modules covering topics such as brain and behaviour, communication science and systems-based decision making.
I completed by teacher training with the University of Greenwich and was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I studied part-time and undertook my teaching hours at Bromley College.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Injury Management awarded by London Metropolitan University. This provided me with the foundation to progress into a career working in professional football (before I became a teacher).
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I have an active YouTube channel where I share practical ideas for teachers and reflect on my doctoral study.
When I’m not working and studying I like to spend my time in the kitchen cooking. I particularly enjoy baking and love making bread.
Despite having seen better years, I still attempt to play football with friends. I also play lawn bowls which I find highly relaxing and enjoyable.
On the rare occasion that I find some peace and quiet I like to read, mostly non-fiction, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I love to cross stitch.
I have also been known to ‘tinkle the ivories’ at family parties.