- Bachelor of Arts (BA) English Literature (Sussex University, 1989)
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in English and Drama (Cambridge University, 1991)
- Masters (MA) in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia, 1992)
- Diploma in Journalism (London College of Printing, 1998)
- Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education (PG Cert) (Goldsmiths College, 2012)
- PhD in Creative Writing and Education (Goldsmiths, June 2015)
Francis is the Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English. He teaches on both programmes, including:
- Modules on the MA in Creative Writing and Education, including Research into Creative Writing Practices and Creative Writing Pedagogies & Identities (2017 to present)
- University-based sessions on the Secondary PGCE, including ones on the teaching of English and Professional Studies (2015 to present)
Francis has organised a number of conferences at Goldsmiths, including ones on Reading for Pleasure and Teaching Creative Writing. He runs a project with the Widening Participation Team which encourages young people in local schools, hospitals and charities to write creatively, leading to their work being published in an anthology at the end of the academic year. He has made numerous and ongoing appearances on television as an educational commentator, including BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Channel 4 Dispatches, Sky News, ITV News, and Channel 4 News. He has also been featured in radio programmes including Radio 4’s Today programme, Woman’s Hour, and Review, among others.
How Teaching to the Test Depresses Results, OCR (Oxford and Cambridge exam board) conference, Cambridge, March 2019.
Mindfulness, Creative Writing and Pedagogy, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) conference, York, November 2018.
With Rick Pushinsky (photographer), 'Learning to be Innocent: How William Blake Can Change Your Life', GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar), Goldsmiths, University of London, Nov. 2014
Creative and Life Writing; Educational Studies
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. The Mindful English Teacher: A Toolkit for Learning and Well-Being. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1974255863
Gilbert, Francis and Pitfield, Maggie. 2019. Teaching 1984 in the surveillance culture of schools. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, ISSN 1175-8708
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Riding the Reciprocal Teaching Bus A teacher’s reflections on nurturing collaborative learning in a school culture obsessed by results. Changing English, 25(2), pp. 146-162. ISSN 1469-3585
Francis, Gilbert. 2016. We need to reform the academy system – and stop the power-hungry super-heads. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Aesthetic Learning, Creative Writing and English Teaching. Changing English, 23(3), pp. 257-268. ISSN 1358-684X
Gilbert, Francis. 2012. 'But sir, I lied – The value of autobiographical discourse in the classroom'. English in Education, 46(2), pp. 198-211. ISSN 0425-0494
Conference or Workshop Item
Gilbert, Francis. 2019. 'Improving your results without teaching to the test'. In: Improving Results without teaching to the test: four key lessons. Cambridge, United Kingdom 27 March 2019.
Gilbert, Francis. 2015. Who Do You Love? The Novel of my Life (Creative Writing thesis) and Building Beauty: the Role of Aesthetic Education in my Teaching and Writing Lives (commentary on the Creative Writing thesis). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London