Anna’s areas of research and teaching cluster around social justice and institutional prejudice (particularly on the basis of class, race, and homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia), youth voice and creative practice, inclusion, social policy and special educational needs. Having joined the Department in September 2008, she is now Admissions Tutor for the BA Education, Culture and Society, and teaches on three modules on the programme, as well as on the PGCE, MA and PhD programmes in the department.
Before working at Goldsmiths, Anna was a youth worker, and then took her first degree in law. She later studied at Mills College in Oakland, California for a PGCE equivalent in Secondary English and Humanities, and then another in working with pupils with Mild to Moderate Disabilities at St Mary's College, Oakland. She is a qualified mediator and has initiated conflict resolution programmes in schools.
Anna has taught and written curriculum for children and young people with Asperger's and Tourette's Syndromes and those labelled as having 'behaviour disorders', students with mental health diagnoses, and young people who have been in the criminal justice system. Anna also worked in a multi-agency team within an urban local authority to support young people who had been permanently excluded from school back into mainstream education.
Anna is a trustee for Shaftsbury Young People’s Trust, and a member of the Department’s Centre for Identity and Social Justice.
9/06-3/11 Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London:
PhD: ‘Permanent Exclusion and Institutional prejudice: Critical bureaucracy as a route to inclusion’
Ethnographic research within a local authority about the causes and effects of permanent exclusion from school on pupils, families and professionals, focussed on aspects of multi-agency working and inter-professional conflict, gendered, ‘classed’ and ‘raced’ discourses, and the relationship between policy and practice.
9/03-6/05 Holy Names University, Oakland, California
Post-graduate Diploma in Education: Education Specialist, Mild-Moderate Disabilities; California Teaching Credential (Part Time)
9/02-6/03 Mills College, Oakland, California
Post-graduate Diploma in Education: Secondary English with CLAD (Culture, Language and Diversity) Certification; California Teaching Credential
9/99-6/02 South Bank University, London
Llb (Bachelor of Law): First Class (Honours)
9/98-6/99 Lambeth College, London
Central Counselling and Psychotherapy Body (CCPAB) Certificate in Counselling
9/97-6/98 Morley College, London
Access Course: Anthropology and Social Policy, London Open College Federation
Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Special Educational Needs (Year 3, BA Education, Culture and Society)
Learning in the Community (Year 3, BA Education, Culture and Society)
Studies in Inclusion and Exclusion (Year 3, BA Education, Culture and Society)
Area of supervision:
Sadia Habib: Teaching and Learning Britishness (completed 2017)
This PhD on teaching Britishness and ‘British Values’ functioned partially as a mediation on recent policy requirements placed on educational institutions. The literature shows that Britishness is fluid, evolving and often difficult to define for White British and ethnic minority youth, so this work raised theoretical and pedagogical concerns about how best to respond to these political initiatives. The work took an ethnographic arts-based approach, and addressed (i) the complexities of teaching and learning Britishness and (ii) young people’s discourses of Britishness and belonging. By examining the pedagogies employed by two Art classes in a southeast London school, the research aimed to address the implications of Britishness exploration on young people’s relationship with multicultural Britain.
This PhD research has been published in a book: Habib, Sadia (2017) Learning and teaching British values: policies and perspectives on British identities Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature
Anna is currently supervising Lucy Trotman’s PhD work on the inclusion of working class young people in art education beyond A levels.
Anna's research has been around the effects of permanent exclusion from school on young people, families and professionals, and more recently, through the Illuminate Student Researcher Project and the Illuminate Community Researchers Project. This work seeks to develop a deep model of youth voice and embed it meaningfully into school and community provision and governance.
As external evaluator for the charity Educate & Celebrate, Anna has undertaken extensive research into embedding LGBTQI+ issues across school policy, curriculum, and environment, in line with the Equality Act. This work was funded by the DfE and Government Equalities Office and has featured in a NatCen government report.
Anna’s work in this area looks at school change in particularly intersectional environments. Further projects emerging from this have included a book for schools (Barnes, E. and Carlile, A (forthcoming in 2018) How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+ Friendly Place A Practical Guide for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Teachers London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers); an academic monograph with Carrie Paechter about LGBTQI+ parented families and schools, and forthcoming work on BME LGBTQI+ parented families and on addressing LGBTQI+ issues in faith schools and faith communities.
As Student Participant Researcher coordinator on the Paul Hamlyn- funded Critical Connections I and II projects, Anna facilitated the youth voice element of a large, international Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project
Anna’s work seeks to addresses issues of institutional prejudice on the basis of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class, and is fundamentally designed as a collaboration with school professionals, community organisations, and young people. She is interested in the potential for such collaborations in terms of innovating to directly impact fair access to education and better outcomes for all involved.
Other interests or information:
Anna tweets at @anna_carlile and runs the Facebook group LGBTQ Parented Families and Schools. She is a LGBTQ Staff Network Co-Coordinator at Goldsmiths.