Deborah Syme studied Geography at Cambridge University.
She has been a teacher in mainstream inner city schools for over 2 decades. She has been Head of Geography for 10 years. She has held various positions of responsibility within schools including diversity, careers, enrichment, extended project qualification, assessment, governorship and training PGCE students.
Recently, as a Head of Sixth Form, she became interested in access to universities, specifically for the BAME population she works with.
She is researching attitudes to and risk perceptions of Oxbridge with a cohort of able 6th formers. She aims to determine if there is a greater significant risk perceived by BAME students in relation to other students.
In the process of her research across 5 London schools she also hopes to look at where students’ knowledge of Oxford comes from and how their preparation for exam or interview for Oxford compares.
She has presented research at BERA 2004 for her Master’s in Education, on underachievement in Gifted and Talented students.