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Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for IITT PGCE Early Years Teaching

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Society, specifically on PGCE Early Years Teaching (DL).

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 ITE courses.

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 am Programme Leader for PGCE Early Years Teaching (September cohort) and Module Leader for EDP386 and EDPM09. I am also an Assessor on Assessment only Route to QTS (AOR to QTS).

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 international programme also enables me to see a range of global approaches to early years teaching and learning.


Number of items: 11.

Conference or Workshop Item

Hidson, Elizabeth, Sheard, Simon, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Bell, Jemma and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios. In: Transforming Assessment and the Assessment in Higher Education Network webinar on using video in assessment and feedback, 06 Oct 2021, Macquarie University, Australia [online].

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Wynn, Vikki and Bell, Jemma (2021) Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment: online vivas for teacher assessment. In: Practical Pedagogy Conference 2021, 13 September 2021, University of Lincoln (online).

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment (VEDA) of teaching practice portfolios: the dialogic construction of teachers’ standards evidence in an online space. In: BERA Annual Conference 2021, 13-16 September, 2021, Online.

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Wynn, Vikki, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2021) Ready for Work: Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment as an international route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. In: Third Annual Faculty of Education & Society Staff Research Conference, 14 Jun 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Ross, Dionne, Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Griffiths, Alison, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Wynn, Vikki, Bell, Deborah and Hughes, Mark (2021) International and Independent Distance Learning Team Showcase. In: Faculty of Education and Society Team Showcase Series, 10 March 2021, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, McMaster, Alison, Wynn, Vikki and Hughes, Mark (2021) Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios: the process of constructing dialogic evidence in an online space to demonstrate meeting professional teachers’ standards. In: Assessment in Higher Education Conference 2022, 22-24 June 2022, Manchester.

Griffiths, Alison and Wynn, Vikki (2020) Developing an effective assessment model for the practical element of a teacher training programme delivered via distance learning that promotes reflective practice in trainees. In: 2nd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 14 June 2020, Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)


Elliott, Ian, Hidson, Elizabeth, Sheard, Simon, Bell, Jemma, Griffiths, Alison and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment on the Assessment-Only Route to UK Qualified Teacher Status. [Video]

Hidson, Elizabeth and Wynn, Vikki (2021) Using MS Teams for weekly module ‘coffee shop’ meetings with international independent distance learning (IDL) students. [Video]


Bell, Jemma, Elliott, Ian, Griffiths, Alison, Hidson, Elizabeth, Ross, Dionne, Sheard, Simon and Wynn, Vikki (2021) IIDL Team Newsletter February 2021. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Hidson, Elizabeth and Wynn, Vikki (2020) Teaching online research methods online with asynchronous international distance learning students during Covid-19 [Blog post]. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, The Editors Notebook.

This list was generated on Sun Dec 4 00:23:17 2022 GMT.
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Learning through play
  • SEND – specifically early intervention
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication and language development
  • Working in partnership with families

Last updated 26 October 2022