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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 to a role in mental health, supporting young people and creating Education, Health and Care plans. 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 an FE college, responsible for FE and HE childcare, education, science and health courses. I have worked at the University of Sunderland since January 2021. I am currently a Lecturer and the Deputy Programme Lead for the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

I completed a masters degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education in 2013 and have continued to focus my research interests on inclusive practices. 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:

  • CHS205 - Health and Childhood
  • CHS383 - Leading Practice for Children and Young People
  • CHS281 - Creative Approaches to Children's Learning and Development
  • CHS171 - Building Graduate Skills for the Professional and Reflective Practitioner
  • CHS356 - Creative Thinking and Teaching
  • CHS170 - Inclusion, Integration and Exclusion

Research interests for potential research students

My research has focused on barriers to inclusion and how neoliberal educational reforms impact on the education and experiences of children with SEND.

Last updated 02 October 2021