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Fay Cavagin

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Senior Lecturer

I have enjoyed a diverse career in education. I completed my degree with the University of Sunderland in 2011. During this time, I worked as a playworker in early years before moving into roles in mental health support and advocacy work. I continue to maintain links with the early years sector as I am the Governor responsible for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in a maintained nursery school.

I also previously worked as a teacher of children with SEND in a specialist school for children with autism. More recently, I have worked as a curriculum leader in a further education college, responsible for FE and HE childcare, education, science, and health courses. I have led Maths and English provision and have taught functional skills numeracy to adults in community settings. I have worked at the University of Sunderland since 2021. I am currently Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up).

I completed a master's degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education in 2013 and have continued to focus my research interests on inclusive practices. I am currently completing my doctorate. My debut children's book was published in October 2021, titled 'I'll Get you Home' and is the first book in a series surrounding animals, habitats, inclusion, and kindness. 

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach the following modules and supervise dissertations on BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood and Society Studies (Top-Up):

  • CHS205 – Health and Childhood
  • CHS383 – Leading Practice for Children and Young People
  • CHS171 – Building Graduate Skills for the Professional and Reflective Practitioner
  • CHS356 – Creative Thinking and Teaching
  • CHS170 – Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion
  • CHS285 - Researching Childhood 

Research interests for potential research students

My research has focused on barriers to inclusion and how neoliberal educational reforms impacts the education and experiences of children with SEND. I am currently completing my doctorate, focusing on relational pedagogy and belonging.

Last updated 28 February 2024