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    I am a qualified teacher with a specialism of working with young children. I have taught in Leeds and Bury as a teacher in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, 2 and Year 3. I have held the role of Deputy Headteacher. I then moved to work as a advisor for Early Years working with Bury where I also worked in a Nursery School and Children's Centre as a Senior Teacher. I then moved into university teaching whilst at the same time being a pedagogue to Chiildren's Centres in Knowsley. At the present time I work for Edge Hill as a senior lecturer where I teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

    After I completed my doctorate I am developing my identity as a researcher in the field of Early Childhood Education with a specialism in documentation practices.

    Research interests

    Documentation practices in ECE Ed Doctorate awarded 2019, The University of Sheffield, supervised by Professor Elizabeth Wood and Dr Liz Chesworth ‘What forms of Material-Discursive Intra-Action are generated through Documentation Practices in Early Childhood Education?  http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/24584

    The thesis takes an agential reading of documentation practices to trace the intra-activity within contemporary assessment discourses of early childhood education (ECE) and offers a material-discursive exploration of three teachers at work in one school in North West England. The research aims to reflect on the performativity of documentation to illuminate how assessment discourses are game ...


      1. Post human theoretical approaches in ECE Education
      2. Emotions and teacher-child-parent relationships
      3. Pedagogical documentation

    Research Group(s)

    Research apprenticeship Identities in transformation: A life history investigation of teachers at different stages in their careers. Dr Clare Woolhouse, Dr Ian Shirley, Maggie Webster (2014-2017)

    Playing and problematising in the methodological sandpit of the posthuman in ECE. Dr Nikki Fairchild, University of Chichester, Dr Ian Robson, Dr Donna Carlyle, Northumbria University (2019-present)

    Ethical Uncertainty in New Materialist Research Methodologies Dr Liz Chesworth. University of Sheffield (2019-present)


    1. Teaching – Undergraduate, Postgraduate QTS, ECE Specialist, Research Specialist

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Educational Doctorate , PhD, University of Sheffield

    1 Sep 20141 Aug 2019

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2019

    Other positions

    External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

    1 Sep 201620 Jun 2019


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