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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 within 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 an Associate 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 Year 2 Deputy Lead and Module Leader for PRI218 (English Strand Lead) & PRI217 School Experience 2. As well as English Strand Lead for PGCE Primary Education.

Through all of my career I have 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 Secretary for a PTFA, which allows me to support children within my local community, while utilising my skills in a voluntary capacity.

Teaching and supervision

  • BA Primary Education
  • PGCE Primary Education

    I am passionate about Early Years and high-quality educational provision and I am keen to share my experience and expertise. I love the fact that I get to educate future educators and support them in their life-changing career goals.

Research interests for potential research students

  • International Approaches to Early Years
  • Early Years Curriculums
  • School Readiness & Transitions
  • Early Years Education & Pedagogical Approaches
  • Schemas and High/Scope
  • Outdoor Learning & Forest School
  • School Readiness & Transitions
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Paediatric First Aid

Last updated 25 January 2022