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

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 The role of talk in learning Learning Partnerships and Communities of Practice,

Adrian is currently studying for a PhD involving creative thinking and children's writing


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:

Copping, A. (2015). A Murder Mystery. In Waugh, D, Bushnell, A. and Neaum, S. (2015). Beyond Early Writing. Northwich. Critical Publishing

Copping, A. (2014). 'Put it there, Partner!' A Case Study of an organic partnership with a school. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal. Vol 6(2) pages 25-35. Available at


Recent external roles

2009-2013 - PGCE External Examiner - University of East London

2013-2015 - External Examiner PGCE and UG - Sheffield Hallam University

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