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Academic Tutor

I am currently a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Society, specifically on PGCE Education Independent Distance Learning (IDL). I am also a dissertation supervisor for students on BA (Hons) Childhood Studies.

My own experience is focused on early years education, with all of my own studies being conducted alongside employment in a range of early years settings. This has included management roles, giving me a breadth of experience of supervising teams, delivering training for continuous professional development and understanding the requirements in practice for senior leaders, early years teachers and practitioners alike.
I am also involved in school governance and a local committee to strive for the continuous development of all to provide the best possible outcomes for our youngest children.

During my time at the University (as an alumni myself) I have enjoyed being part of a range of courses and modules, including Childhood Studies, Primary Education and as a PAT (Personal Academic Tutor) on the IDL programme.

From my own experiences, I understand the need for positive support networks to instil confidence in students to develop and hone their skills as professionals. Having many 'real life' case studies, examples and scenarios to share supports students in applying theory to practice.

Teaching and supervision

I lecture on:

Studying part-time myself has offered an insight into the demands on both students and professionals. I enjoy having the opportunity to provide support for both and develop approaches to ensure all have the best possible experiences to prepare for practice. Being part of the IDL programme also enables me to see a range of global approaches to early years teaching and learning.
Predominantly in the Early Years, with a focus on:
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Learning through play
  • SEND - specifically early intervention
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication and language development
  • Working in partnership with families

Last updated 17 April 2020