Dr Veronica Poulter

Senior Lecturer

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

Before moving into Higher Education in 2010, I enjoyed a varied career as a primary school teacher in schools across the country and I taught in all age groups, from Foundation Stage to Year 6. During that time, I was also a vocal coach for the national 'Sing Up' strategy. I have special interests in both English and music.

I came to the Institute of Education at Staffs from Liverpool Hope University, where I had various roles including year head, primary English lead, and Early Career Teacher lead. I taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, I taught on masters and EdD programmes, and was a departmental ethics lead. I have a particular interest in social justice, and my doctoral study grew from a project called the Hope Challenge, which aimed to develop student teachers’ understanding of how to work in schools in challenging circumstances.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Chartered College of Teaching

Academic qualifications

Doctorate in Education: University College London Institute of Education

Master of Arts in Victorian Studies: University of Liverpool

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice: Liverpool Hope University

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: University of Reading

BA (Hons) Latin with Greek: University College London


All aspects of primary teaching with specific expertise in the areas of English and music. 

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the role of music in developing children’s phonological awareness in preparation for early reading. Being aware that music is often a subject which primary school teachers lack the confidence to teach, as part of my doctoral studies, I conducted a piece of action research in which I developed a resource bank of musical activities using just the singing voice and un-tuned percussion instruments to support the Early Learning Goals related to music, phonological development and several aspects of Phonics Phase 1 Letters and Sounds.

I have recently been involved in an international research project with other members of the IOE.

I currently supervise EdD students who are researching various topics.


Primary English

Primary Music



Research methods and final year dissertation

Professional studies and preparation for employment


Veronica Poulter & Tina Cook (2020) Teaching music in the early years in schools in challenging circumstances: developing student teacher competence and confidence through cycles of enactment, Educational Action Research, DOI: 10.1080/09650792.2020.1765185


Poulter, V. (2018). ‘Teaching Latin to Primary School Children at Liverpool Hope University: An Impact Study’. Journal of Classics Teaching vol.19 issue 38

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021