Francesca Cornwall

About me

I was appointed in 2013 as a Part-Time Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and became a full-time member of the team in 2016. I have worked on all Early Childhood Studies Awards here at the University and have acted as the Award Leader for the Fast Track Top-Up in Early Childhood Studies at Lichfield and Stoke.  I am engaged with the universities project to enhance teaching and learning experiences of staff and students using iPads, Surface Pros and technology enhanced teaching. I am the Digital Champion for the Education Department, and am developing a technique to incorporate creative and tactile methods of facilitating learning alongside the digital environment. I am a keen user of Twitter, and have hosted Twitter chats for the sectors professionals to share practice and ideas. I also utilize Twitter to enhance teaching, and support students with self-directed study, signpost to best practice and interesting reading, implementing the #InTheNewsEDEY. This also helps to expand my professional networks as I am a member of the Early Years Teacher Organisation, the National Early Years Trainers and Consultants (NEYTCO) and Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network.

Prior to my role in Higher Education I have been working within the field of early years for over 10 years in capacities such as; Early Years Practitioner, Senior Early Years Practitioner, Deputy Manager, Nursery Manager, and Quality and Training Manager. I have held numerous senior and management roles, and have developed both the business acumen and practical expertise essential for the sector. I have had the pleasure of contributing to and leading a team of highly talented staff in achieving and maintaining Outstanding Ofsted judgements since 2004. This put the company at the forefront of education in the local authority, ranking within the top 2% of the countries providers. Furthermore, I have conducted mock Ofsted inspections, led practice pertaining to peer observations, and contributed to quality assurance by ensuring; planning, environments and staff- child interactions are responsive to wider issues in the sector, whilst responding to the needs of the service users. As Quality and Training Manager I helped to oversee staff training profiles, and acted as a work-based mentor for individuals undertaking undergraduate study, or postgraduate awards, particularly, Early Years Teacher Status. A further specialty of mine was practice pertaining to Equality and Diversity, as I was the consultant for all practice falling under this remit. Furthermore, I lead the EYFS curriculum delivery; electronic learning journey’s, and tracking and analysing development. Supplementing this, I led the implementation of Letters and Sounds within our flagship pre-school, and school based nursery.

I have experience of working with a range of individuals and teams, I have liaised with professionals during SEND and Safeguarding forums, CAF and EHA. I have experience of working with children with a variety of needs, for example, BESD, Autism, Aspergers, Global Delay, Speech and Language Delay, and Downs Syndrome, and observing the advances children make as a result of a team around them is incredibly fulfilling.

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ResearchGate: Francesca Cornwall


PgCHPE (Staffordshire University) 2017

MA Education (Staffordshire University) 2014

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Staffordshire University) 2011

Foundation Degree in Early Years (Staffordshire University) 2009

Professional memberships and activities

Memberships include, but are not limited to; STEM Ambassador, National Early Years Trainers and Consultants (NEYTCO), Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network, Early Years Teacher Organisation.


  • Care and education of children aged 0-8.
  • Contemporary Early Years Provision
  • Early Years Quality and Management
  • Educational Technology in Early Years and Higher Education

Research interests

Mastery, Motivation and Pleasure: The Smile & Laughter Response in Early Years
Use of Humour in Higher Education
Digital Citizenship in Early Years,
‘Techno & Techyes’ Mixed Method Pedagogy in Higher Education
Impact of Social Media on:  Attainment in Higher Education
CPD for Early Years Professionals
‘Posting Parents’ and the implications for their children

Francesca Cornwall (2016) Guest Blog for Early Years Teacher Organisation – Home Grown CPD, [Online] Available at

Francesca Cornwall (2017) Techno and Techyes, and Mixed Method Approach, Presented to Staffordshire University Teaching and Learning Conference July 2017

Cornwall, F. (2017) STEM without a Screen in Early Years, TACTYC Conference, November, Birmingham NEC

Cornwall, F. (2018) Why it is important to build up a head of STEAM, Early Years Educator Magazine, March, Vol 19: Issue 11, p 14-16 Cornwall, F. (2018) How technology can enhance learning during free play, Early Years Educator Magazine, Vol 20: Issue 1, p 14-16

Cornwall, F. (2018) Laughter in Early Years, Early Years Educator Magazine, June, Vol 21: Issue 1, p14-16

Cornwall, F. (2018) #InTheNewsEDEY, Innovative Practice in Higher Education, Vol 3, No. 2, [Online] Available at

Cornwall, F. (2018) Avoiding Presentation Panic with Microsoft OneNote, Staffordshire University TEL Conference, April, Staffordshire University

Current teaching

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Dissertation Supervisor for Masters in Education (full time route)
Guest Lecture on PGCE Primary, PgCHPE, BA (Hons) Education Studies, SEND and QTS pathways


Francesca Cornwall
Department of Education
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
Stoke on Trent
t: +44 (0)1782 294781
twitter: @FrankieCornwall