Adrian worked as a primary teacher and leader for a number of years in Lancashire before returning as a lecturer at St Martin's College (now University of Cumbria) where he trained.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD, MA Education, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Associate fellow of the OU Centre for Literacy and Social Justice, Professional Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching

Academic and research interests

Creative approaches to teaching writing Teacher-in-role and drama as a scaffold for learning. Teacher education pedagogy.

Research supervision

Adrian supervises colleagues working towards fellow and senior fellow (HEA status), He supervises MA dissertation students and is part of supervisory teams for PhD students.


Elton-Chalcraft, S. Copping, A. Mills, K. & Todd, I. (2018) Developing research-informed practice in initial teacher education through school-university partnering, Professional Development in Education, DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2018.1550100

Copping, A. (2018). Curriculum Approaches. In Hansen, A. (ed). Primary Professional Studies. 4th Eds'n. Exeter. Learning Matters

Copping, A. (2016). Being Creative in Primary English. London. Sage.

Copping, A. (2016). Exploring connections between creative thinking and higher attaining writing. Education 3-13. Available at:


Recent external roles

2017 - 2021 - External Examiner - PGCE Primary - University of Derby

2021 – present – External Examiner – PGCE Primary – Leeds Trinity University.

External Examiner for PhD thesis – Durham University.