I am responsible for our Primary PGCE courses, both university based and School Direct. I also have a remit for developing partnerships and collaborative provision with a range of different partners, schools and settings.

I teach on a range of pedagogy modules on PGCE programmes.

Qualifications and memberships

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

PhD Technology Enhanced Learning 

MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education

Academic and research interests

The use of digital technology to promote creativity


Toyn, M. (2020) "What goes on in there?" How post-graduate trainee teachers make use of an online learning community using social networking sites? Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal. 12 (1) 85-96

PhD Thesis "How do technologies support School Direct students’ learning on a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status within a Networked Learning model?"

MA dissertation. The Design, Creation And Evaluation Of Prezicasts As Learning Objects For Distance Learners On A Masters Module.

Simpson, D. and Toyn, M. (eds) (2011) Primary ICT Across the Curriculum. Exeter, Learning Matters

Freeman, P. and Toyn, M.(2010) Making the link - evaluating the impact of a module on student teacher creativity TEAN journal 4 (1),

Toyn, M. (2008) Capturing Creativity with Digital Video. Practitioner Research in Higher Education. 2 (1) 29-35

Recent external roles

External Examiner (2020 to 2024) University of Glasgow. MEduc programme

Acting CEO (2018-2019) Blackpool Multi Academy Trust. (two-day per week secondment)

External Examiner (2016 to 2020) Birmingham City University. PGCE and SCITT programmes

External Examiner (2013 to 2017) Manchester Metropolitan University. PGCE programme.