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I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Years, International Study Abroad Tutor and Route Leader for Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Birth to Five with Early Years Teacher Status. I am also the module leader on the PGCE Reflective Teacher and BA Primary Year 3 Pedagogy and School Experience and Year 2 Primary Teaching for ERASMUS students modules.
My research interests include toddler wellbeing in particular supporting early years' practitioners and teachers who are working with disadvantaged toddlers.
I have experience in working with a range of early years' practitioners and teachers in the England, Norway and Spain leading an EU funded ERASMUS+ grant. I am also interested in developing the students' experience of internationalisation and to this extent have been working with a colleague from University of Gävle, Sweden in supporting students' reflective skills through experiencing different early years educational provision.
I am leading Kingston University's partnership of an EU funded grant, Education and Teaching in Early Years from International Perspectives (ETEIP) with the University of Gävle, Sweden, Comunidad del Centro Superior de Estudios Universitarios La Salle (CSEULS) Spain and Early Years Setting in the England, Norway, Spain and Sweden. The project aims to support Early Years Educators professional development, collaboration, exchange of knowledge and key ideas.
Senior Lecturer in Early Years
Grants and Funding:
TODDLER Project (2010 - 2013) Towards Opportunities for Disadvantages and Diverse Learners on the Early-childhood Road. Lifelong Learning Programme Comenius, [61609-LLP-I-2010-NO-COMENIUS-CMP] https://www.uis.no/faculties-departments-and-centres/faculty-of-arts-and-education/department-of-early-childhood-education/projects/toddler/
Sutherland, Helen (2019) Supporting toddlers’ wellbeing : reflections on the impact of the Toddler Wellbeing (ToWe) Project. TACTYC Reflections : 2019 Reflections,
Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2013) Shared experience: new materials offer guidance for those working with diverse and disadvantaged toddlers. Nursery World, 112(4331), pp. 30-31. ISSN (print) 0029-6422
Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2012) Towards Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Diverse Learners on the Early-childhood Road (TODDLER) Project. Comenius Journal, 21, pp. 36-38. ISSN (print) 2033-4443
Sutherland, Helen and Mukadam, Yasmin, eds. (2018) Supporting toddlers' wellbeing in early years settings : strategies and tools for practitioners and teachers. Jessica Kingsley. 216p. ISBN 9781785922626
Sutherland, Helen and Maxey, Angie (2014) More than just a Post-it! Making accurate and productive use of assessment. In: Johnson, Jessica, (ed.) Becoming an early years teacher. Maidenhead, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 92-115. ISBN 9780335264445
Sutherland, Helen and Dallal, Jo (2008) A ‘grow model’ for work-based learning. In: Rawlings, Anne, (ed.) Studying early years: a guide to work-based learning. Maidenhead, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 40-60. ISBN 9780335219933
Sutherland, Helen, Lazarides, Rachel and Turmo, Silvia (2018) Summary to date on the case study impact report. In: Enhancing Opportunities for Toddlers’ Wellbeing : ToWe Project International Workshop; 15-16 Mar 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen and Rosell, Yngve (2018) Case study impact report of the ToWe Project (Toddler Wellbeing). In: 28th EECERA Conference : Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities; 28-31 Aug 2018, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen, Mukadam, Yasmin, Hjertø, Liv and Lazarides, Rachel (2018) Manual material for wellbeing. In: Enhancing Opportunities for Toddlers’ Wellbeing : ToWe Project International Workshop; 15-16 Mar 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen (2018) 'Toddler' project 2010. In: Toddler Wellbeing Conference 2018 : Toddlers the World Over : What Works for Wellbeing and Why it Matters!; 10 Jan 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Mukadam, Yasmin and Sutherland, Helen (2017) Supporting toddler's wellbeing. In: 27th EECERA Conference : Early Childhood Education Beyond the Crisis; 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2017, Bologna, Italy. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen, Rothle, Monika and Geis, Angels (2017) Enhancing the education and wellbeing of disadvantaged toddlers through the development of training and materials to support early years practitioners. In: 27th EECERA Conference : Early Childhood Education Beyond the Crisis; 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2017, Bologna, Italy. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen and Kimhag, Kia (2015) How can students develop reflective learning and practice during a short visit to view another country's educational system? In: 25th EECERA Annual Conference: Innovation, Experimentation and Adventure in Early Childhood; 07-10 Sep 2015, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen (2014) Results from the International Toddler Project. In: SEFDEY: Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years Professional Association: National Meeting; 06 Jun 2014, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2014) The TODDLER Project work and outcomes (Towards Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Diverse Learners on the Early-childhood Road). In: European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) Conference 2014: Where Practice and Research on Learning and Development Meet; 25-28 Nov 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2013) Promoting the wellbeing of toddlers within the European Union. In: Toddler Conference; 07-08 Oct 2013, Ghent, Belgium. (Unpublished)
Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2012) Promoting the wellbeing of toddlers within Europe. In: 22nd EECERA Conference: Pre-birth to Three: Identities, Learning, Diversities; 29 Aug - 01 Sep 2012, Oporto, Portugal. (Unpublished)
I have contributed to the Leadership and Management of the School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work, Department of Teacher Education in my roles as Route Leader, Module Leader, International Study Abroad Tutor, Stage 1 Appeals and Complaints Investigator, Observer for the Teacher Observation Scheme and Lead Investigator for the ToWe Project.
In my role as:
· International Study Abroad Tutor for the Department of Education, I facilitate and support staff and student engagement in internationalisation.
· Stage 1 Appeals and Complaints Investigator, I review students appeals and complaints in line with Kingston University regulations and respond accordingly liaising with the Faculty's Data, Quality and Reporting Coordinator.
· Route Leader for the PGCE Birth to Five with Early Years Teacher Status, I lead the successful programme by ensuring that the students are fully equipped to meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) through the programmes design and are compliant with Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) requirements. To achieve this, I work collaboratively with colleagues, employers, and the students to create a personalised programme. I monitor the students' progress and achievements adapting the programme accordingly through the Course Evaluation Plan, Self-Evaluation Development plan (PSRB requirement) and create an Improvement Plan.
· Module Leader for the PGCE Birth to Five, Primary and Secondary Reflective Teacher (QI7000), I work in partnership with our four SCITT partners to ensure that the programme runs smoothly. Through the Module Evaluation Plan, I have worked collaboratively and in consultation with colleagues, SCITT partners and students (Module Evaluation Questionnaire, Staff Student Consultative Committee and student meetings) to develop this module to ensure that it supports students in becoming Reflective Teachers.
· Observer for the Teacher Observation Scheme, I have observed my colleagues and peers, within the Faculty, teaching providing constructive feedback and discussion on their session.
· Principle Investigator for the ToWe Project, I have led this Pan-European EU funded project with seven partners from England, Norway and Spain. I have managed this diverse team in successfully achieving the projects aims and objectives, with a comprehensive final report for the British Council.
Impact of the ToWe Project on Provision and Practice at Escola Bressil Mas Balmannya
Early Years Practitioners and Teachers from England, Norway and Spain share their experience of the ToWe Project Job Shadowing Event in Barcelona, Spain