Dr Rowena Passy

Dr Rowena Passy

Senior Research Fellow in Post Primary Educational Development

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Undertaking research in education in collaboration with colleagues within the university and more widely, and disseminating the results through seminars, conferences and publications.


BA (Hons) History and Society with European Study (University of Exeter, 1997)

PhD 'Children and Family Values: a critical appraisal of 'family' in schools' (University of Plymouth, 2003)

2003- 2008 Research Fellow on different projects including:
    Evaluation of On the Edge and A Present For Anna, Theatre in Education programmes funded at Exeter University by The Wellcome Trust
    ESRC-funded project at Leicester and De Montfort Universities Workforce remodelling, teacher trade unions and school-based industrial relations

2008-10 Senior Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough, working on a wide range of research projects that included an evaluation of Aimhigher, the impact of school gardens on children's learning, and researching teaching approaches that help to build resilience to extremism.

2010 - present Research Follow at Plymouth University

Key publications are highlighted

Haynes J & Passy R 2017 'Racism, Prevent and education: insisting on an open space' Safer Communities , DOI PEARL
Passy RA & Ovenden-Hope T 2016 'Changing student behaviour in schools located in areas of socioeconomic deprivation: findings from the 'coastal academies' research' Education Today PEARL
Edwards-Jones A, Waite S & Passy R 2016 'Falling into LINE: school strategies for overcoming challenges associated with learning in natural environments (LINE)' Education 3-13 1-15 , DOI PEARL
Waite S & Passy R 2015 'Outdoor adventure and social theory' Journal of Education for Teaching 41, (3) 333-334 , DOI
Murray J & Passy R 2014 'Primary teacher education in England: 40 years on' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 40, (5) 492-506 Author Site , DOI
Haynes J & Passy R 2013 'Education, extremism and terrorism: what should be taught in citizenship education and why' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 39, (4) 464-466 Author Site , DOI
Passy RA 2013 'School gardens: teaching and learning outside the front door' Education 3-13 42, (1) 23-38 , DOI
Passy RA 2013 'Surviving and flourishing in a neoliberal world: primary trainees talking' British Educational Research Journal N/a, (6) 1060-1075 , DOI
Passy RA 2012 'Of Droughts and Deadlines: working as a contract researcher' Research Intelligence (117) 14-14
Passy RA 2012 'Widening participation, Aimhigher and the Coalition Government: narratives of freedom and efficiency' Power and Education 4, (1) 83-95
Passy R & Waite S 2008 'Excellence and enjoyment continuing professional development materials in England: both a bonus and onus for schools' 34, (3) 311-325 Author Site
Passy RA & Waite S 2008 'Excellence and Enjoyment continuing professional development materials in England: both a bonus and onus for schools' Journal of In-Service Education 34, (3) 311-325
Stevenson H, Carter R & Passy R 2007 'New professionalism, workforce remodeling and the restructuring of teachers’ work' International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning (15)
Roberts G, Somers J, Dawe J, Passy R, Mays C, Carr G, Shiers D & Smith J 2007 'On the Edge: a drama-based mental health education programme on early psychosis for schools' EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY 1, (2) 168-176 Author Site , DOI
Passy R 2005 'Family values and primary schools: an investigation into family‐related education' British Educational Research Journal 31, (6) 723-736 , DOI
Passy R 1999 'Family Values and Schools' Pastoral Care in Education 17, (3) 21-24 , DOI
Carter B, Stevenson H & Passy R 2009 Industrial relations in education. Taylor & Francis
Page A, Bremner M & Passy R 2017 'School gardens and the school food plan: contributing to a culture of healthy living' Children Learning Outside the Classroom From Birth to Eleven London SAGE 233-245 PEARL
Gilchrist M, Passy R, Waite S & Cook R 2016 'Exploring schools' use of natural spaces' in Freeman C; Tranter P Risk, Protection, Provision and Policy Singapore Springer 1-22 , DOI PEARL
Waite, S, Passy, R., Gilchrist & M. 2014 'Getting it off PAT: researching the use of urban nature in schools' in Backman, E.
Passy RA & Waite S 2011 'School Gardens and Forest Schools' in Waite S Children Learning Outside the Classroom
Passy RA, Mays C, Carr G, Somers J, Roberts G & Dawe J 2009 'Raising awareness in schools' in French P; Smith J; Shiers D; Reed M Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis Wiley-Blackwell
Conference Papers
Passy RA 0 'Teacher trainees and school placements: fitting in and keeping busy' Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor's Conference Plymouth University 09/07/2012 09/07/2012
Passy RA 0 'Teacher training in England: the importance of relationships' Research and Practice in Professinoal Development, Training and Transfer of Learning Western Washington University 17/04/2012 17/04/2012
Passy RA & Kerr D 0 'The role of education in combatting extremism: the case of England' American Educational Research Association Vancouver 13/04/2012 17/04/2012
Passy RA 0 'School gardens and cultural perceptions of risk' Research in "friluftsliv" and outdoor education: Different places, critical perspectives and new possibilities Aarhus, Denmark 04/07/2011 08/07/2011
Passy RA & Kerr D 0 'Preventing extremism: policy, values and building young people's resilience' Values and Purposes in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education Bath Spa 28/06/2011 30/06/2011
Passy RA 0 'Supporting and encouraging: Aimhigher’s role in widening participation' Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference University of Plymouth 13/04/2011 15/04/2011
Passy RA 0 'Fitting in and making yourself useful: strategies and characteristics of successful teacher trainees' Access and Retention: Experiences of Non-traditional Learners in Higher Education Conference University of Seville 07/04/2011 08/04/2011
Internet Publications
Passy R & Ovenden-Hope T 2017 'Class of 2010: a qualitative longitudinal study of an English secondary school that became an academy' , DOI PEARL
Bonnell J, Copestake P, Kerr D, Passy R, Reed C, Salter R, Sarwar S & Sheikh S 2011 Teaching approaches that help to buld resilience to extremism among young people. Department for Children, Schools and Families https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR119.pdf Department for Education
Passy RA & Golden S 2010 Teacher Resignation and Recruitment Survey: Report No.41. Local Government Employer / Local Government Association Slough National Foundation for Educational Research
Hetherington M, Featherstone G, Bielby G & Passy R 2009 The Sustainable Communities Act: analysis of proposals submitted by councils. Local Government Association Slough National Foundation for Educational Research
Passy RA & Morris M 0 Evaluation of Aimhigher: learner attainment and progression. Higher Education Funding Council for England http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rdreports/2010/rd15_10/rd15_10.pdf Higher Education Funding Council for England
Passy RA, Morris M & Waldman J 0 Evaluation of the impact of Aimhigher and widening outreach programmes on learner attainment and progression: Interim report. Higher Education Funding Council for England http://www.nfer.ac.uk/nfer/publications/AIM01/AIM01.pdf National Foundation for Educational Research
Passy RA & Morris M 0 Impact of school gardening on learning: final report. Royal Horticultural Society http://apps.rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening/uploads/documents/Impact_of_school_gardening_on_learning_821.pdf. Royal Horticultural Society