Martin Cook is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He taught in primary schools in South East Wales for 16 years, including 6 years as a deputy head and 4 years as a primary school head in Welsh medium schools. In 1991 Martin became a senior lecturer at UWIC, his main responsibilities being within primary education and geography.
He has been interested in environmental education since first becoming a teacher and has been a member of The Association for Environmental Education and a member of the Institute for Earth Education. During the summer term he organises an early years’ environmental awareness course at UWIC, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, with a number of local schools being involved. The programme was first launched in 2000 with over 45 schools interested in taking part.
Between 2001/2002 he was a member of the team, commissioned by ACCAC, to evaluate the Personal and Social Education Framework in Wales.
In 2005 he became a UWIC Teaching Fellow for his work on implementing Assessment for Learning principles into higher education ITET programmes.
He enjoys watercolour painting, which he has taught for a number of years in night schools and given demonstrations to art societies and also enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorbike