Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - Cynthia Jones 1950-2012: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - Cynthia Jones 1950-2012: News

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Most staffrooms in Surrey benefited from Cynthia Jones' expertise at some point during her 38 years at Kingston University. The teacher trainer was renowned throughout the area for her ability to help teachers cope with pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

Cynthia was born in October 1950 and grew up in Pembrokeshire in Wales. She went on to study psychology at University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. This was followed by a master's degree in social psychology at Bedford College.

Then, in 1974, she joined the School of Education at what was then Kingston Polytechnic. She was a rigorous thinker, with a natural authority: people took notice when she was speaking. But she coupled this with warmth and approachability. Students felt that she was genuinely interested in their professional success and her celebration of this success was always heartfelt. Indeed, she remained in contact with many of her former students.

A natural innovator, Ms Jones felt strongly that she should offer courses to serving teachers as well as would-be ones; as a result she developed career-development classes for teachers and social workers. In particular, she drew on her psychology background, training teachers to work with pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, and conditions such as autism and dyslexia. This quickly became her forte, and most of the schools in the area began to request her help.

She was a "spellbinding" lecturer and could hold an entire room's attention, inspiring teachers to think critically and analytically about classroom practice. …

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