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ITT Lecturer and EYFS Lead

I joined the Initial Teacher Training team here at the University as a Lecturer in Primary Education in the Faculty of Education and Society in 2020. Prior to this, I was an Academic Tutor for the Independent Distance Learning team within the same faculty.

I have previously worked in a large FE college as an Early Years Lecturer and have a wealth of teaching experience related to Early Years Education as well as specialist qualifications. I have also recently been awarded a Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to this, I was a Primary School Teacher having qualified in 2001, working with children across the entire primary age range but specialising in Early Years. During this time, I was an advocate for family learning and outdoor education including Forest School, experiencing a range of curriculums.

In my current role I am Lead Lecturer for EYFS, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Year 2 Lead and Module Leader for PRI218 Curriculum Studies 2 and PRI217 School Experience 2.

Throughout my career, I have gained a wealth of experience in supporting and mentoring both trainee teachers and early career teachers within the primary age range, and as a Placement Assessor for Early Years Educators.

Outside of the University, I am Executive Group Chair in Scouting and Treasurer/Secretary for a PTFA, which allows me to support children within my local community, while utilising my skills in a voluntary capacity.

I am passionate about Early Years and high-quality educational provision and I am keen to share my experience and expertise.

I am also the Wellbeing Champion for FES and a Mental Health First Aider.



Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

  • International Approaches to Early Years
  • Early Years Curriculums
  • School Readiness and Transitions

Research

MA in Education Thesis – School Readiness and Transitions in Early Years.
  • Early Years Education and Pedagogical Approaches
  • Schemas and High/Scope
  • Outdoor Learning and Forest School
  • School Readiness and Transitions
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • FES Wellbeing Champion
  • Named First Aider
  • Fire Warden

Last updated 19 July 2022