Originally a Primary School teacher, I have extensive experience of working in FE and HE as well as the PGCE teams, BA Early Years and Education teams here at Staffordshire University. I am currently the Course Leader for the Foundation Degree Education with Early Childhood Studies Pathway which is taught at our partner institutions, who I also work closely with as Academic Link Tutor.
I am passionate about learning; believing that everyone at whatever age needs to find and nurture ‘the thing they are good at’.
Professional memberships and activities
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Chair- SEFDEY (Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years)
2017 Masters in Education - Staffordshire University
1987 Bachelor of Education (Honours) Teaching Degree – Wolverhampton University
Early Childhood studies (BA/FdA)
Foundation Degrees and their impact
Early Years – particularly neuroscience
My teaching commitments at Staffordshire University have included teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, BA (Hons) Education, BA (Hons) fast track Level 6 ‘Top-Up’ and the BA (Hons) ECS (Early Childhood Studies) fast track Level 6 ‘top-up’.
I currently teach on the Post Graduate Certificate in Employability and support teaching and learning on the full-time UG BA Early Childhood Studies Degree. I work extensively with our Collaborative Academic Partnerships team and various partner HE colleges. I also carry out student observations for the BA (Hons) ECS and am part of the interview team for Primary Initial Teacher Training.
SEFDEY Foundation Degree Student Handbook – pub. Estimated March 2023