Research interests


Clare's research interests include education, literacy and portrayals of autism.  Her current research projects include using Shared Reading to support parents/carers of autistic children, portrayals of autistic dysfluency, creative and visual research methods and autistic teachers and literature. Please use the contact page if you would like to discuss Clare's research.

Recent output


Peer-reviewed articles


Fauxparl, [pseudonym], Mahon, L., Rimmer, J. and Lawrence, C. (2020) ‘I can’t understand a word he says’: a personal exploration of autistic dysfluency in film. Disability and Society. ISSN ‎0968-7599 (In Press)

Lawrence, C. and Rimmer, J. (2020) Pilot study: Can the draft film Broken support trainee teachers’ understanding of autism communication issues in mainstream classrooms? Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 12 (1). ISSN 2054-5266 (In Press)

Lawrence, C., Collyer, E. and Poulson, M. (2020) ‘Howling at the scrabble-board’: Exploring classroom literature from an autistic viewpoint. English in Education. ISSN 1754-8845

Lawrence, C. (2020) Typing Aloud. BERA.


Lawrence, C. (2020) Is Lennie a monster? A reconsideration of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in a 21st century inclusive classroom context. Palgrave Communications, 6 (17). ISSN 2055-1045


Collyer. E., Lawrence, C. et al. (2019). "'Harder than other lessons but good': The Effect of Colleague Collaboration on Secondary English Pupil Engagement".  English in Education (in press).


Lawrence, C. (2019) “What’s the point if it isn’t marked?” Trainee teachers’ responses to concepts of authentic engagement with poetry text. English in Education. ISSN 1754-8845


Lawrence, C. (2019) “I can be a role model for autistic pupils”: Investigating the voice of the autistic teacher. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11 (2). pp. 50-58. ISSN 2054-5266


Lawrence, C. (2018) Parents' perspectives on flexischooling their autistic children. The Home School Researcher, 34 (1). ISSN 1054-8033


Lawrence, C. (2018) The effect of familiarisation with autistic individuals on trainee teachers’ attitudes. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11 (1). pp. 37-45. ISSN 2054-5266

Professional and outreach articles


Lawrence, C. (2020) ‘Your own calm space’: reclaiming poetry for KS4 in a time of Covid.  Teaching English (In press). 

Lawrence, C. (2020)   Learning to teach English: three RQT perspectives on English subject Secondary PGCE. Teaching English, 21. p. 36. ISSN 2051-7971


Lawrence, C. (2019)  "Mr Brown is feeling down" In medias res story openers: meeting the challenge of a 'low floor, high ceiling' creative writing activity for KS3. Teaching English, 19. pp. 56-57. ISSN 2051-7971


Lawrence, C. (2018)  "Don't panic: it's only a neurodevelopmental difference! SEN Magazine, 95. ISSN 1755-4845


Lawrence, C. (2018)   Autism and Flexischooling. Network Autism.


Lawrence, C. (2018)  "Teaching trainee teachers to meet the needs of autistic pupils: ‘How the devil do we do that in the time available?’. TEAN Storehouse (on-line).


Lawrence, C. (2016)  "A painful kind of exclusion. The Journal of Personalised Education Now, 24. pp. 3-4. ISSN 1756-803X





Two workshops: Academic and Creative Responses to Death and Dying conference, BGU, Jan/Feb 2020: Shared Reading, visual narratives and responses to the news of death.


Round table: Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference 2019: The voice of the autistic trainee teacher


Workshop: Monsters conference, March 2019: Using the poem A Fine Romance to explore dementia


Workshop: Human Scale Education Conference, June 2019: Flexi-schooling and autism


Workshop at Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference 2018: Nothing about us without us – capturing the autistic voice in autism education


Poster at Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference 2017: Empty chairs and empty tables: pupils absent from school


Presentation at Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Conference 2016: Flexi-schooling and autism