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

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


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, (2015) Curriculum Approaches Hansen, A (ed) (2011). Primary Professional Studies. Exeter 3rd edition. Learning Matters.

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

Copping, A. (2012). A case study evaluating the experience of a tutor co-teaching with students on a teacher education placement. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 6 (2) Pp. 69-82. [online]. Available at:

Copping, A. (2012). Reflective Learning and Teaching Opportunities. In Hansen, A. (2012) ed. Reflective Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools. Exeter. Learning Matters.

Copping, A. (2011) 'Curriculum Approaches' in Hansen, A (ed) (2011). Primary Professional Studies. Exeter. Learning Matters.

Recent external roles

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

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

2017 - 2020 - External Examiner - PgCE Primary - University of Derby