Emma Clayson

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

I qualified as a teacher in 2004 and have taught across the primary age range in mainstream schools and special schools. I qualified as a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) in 2012 and worked as a primary school SENCO and Inclusion manager before taking up a position as a special educational needs consultant. This role developed into leading the school improvement and governor services provision across Staffordshire. After 5 years in a consultancy role, I joined Staffordshire university as a senior lecturer and lead the inclusion and special educational needs input across the primary ITT programmes.

I have a further interest in the use of technology in education and achieve Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert status in 2021 and continue to use this expertise to support both staff and students.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of the British Psychological Society

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy (joint honours) Staffordshire University 2001

PGCE Primary Manchester Metropolitan University 2004

National Award for SEN Coordination University of Wolverhampton 2012

Masters Degree Special and Inclusive Education University of Nottingham 2020


All aspects of primary teaching with specific expertise in the areas of special educational needs, inclusion and school governance.

Research interests

My research interests are inclusion, widening participation and the impact of socioeconomic status on professional identity.


I am the lead for inclusion and special educational needs across the primary ITT courses and also deliver the religious education input.

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020