|Senior Lecturer in Children, Young People & Communities, Education Studies Framework Leader|
MEd Teaching and Learning (Distinction)
Nursery Education Inspector
PGCE (Articled Teacher Route) 3 -11
BA Hons (English, Philosophy, Film & TV Studies)
2010 Learning and Teaching Conference - Using role-play as a teaching medium in HE
2010 Learning and Teaching Conference - Role-play at Key Stage 1 Children's perspectives
2010 EECERA Role-play at Key Stage 1 Children's Perspectives
2011 EECERA The impact of a Foundation degree on Early Years Settings in the South West of England
2012 Learning and Teaching Conference Playful Pedagogies in the Early Years Sustained Shared Thinking
2012 EECERA Playful Pedagogies in the Early Years Sustained Shared Thinking
Currently engaged on a PhD, Role-play in pack-away settings: the impact on sustained shared thinking. Research interests are around young children and role-play. I have conducted research in both Pre-school and school settings.
Early Years: Play, Pedagogy, Primary Education, Early Years Professional Status, Language and Literacy.
With colleagues, "Early Years Policy: The Impact on Practice ", Z Kingdon and J Gourd due for publication due Autumn 2013.
I have worked in Primary and Early Years education for over 20 years in a variety of different roles. I have also undertaken voluntary roles within the sector having been both Chair of a Pre-school and Chair of Governors of a primary school. I believe in providing the best possible educational opportunities for children. I am passionate about working with people to enable this. Teachers and practitioners need to be able to provide high quality experiences and my role is to support them in being able to do this.