Miss Helen Sutherland

About

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. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Early Years

Qualifications

  • MA in Professional Studies in Education (Management and Leadership)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
  • BA (Hons) in Education with Sociology
  • Diploma Post Qualifying Studies (CACHE Early Years level 4)

Teaching and learning

Research

Grants and Funding:

  • ETEIP Project (2019-2021) Education and Teaching in Early Years from International Perspectives. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2019-SE01-KA201-060552]
  • ToWe Project (2015-2018) Enhancing the Education and Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Toddlers through the Development of Training and Materials to Support Early Years Practitioners. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2015-1-UK01-13431] https://www.toddlerswellbeing.co.uk
  • 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/

Qualifications and expertise

  • MA in Professional Studies in Education (Management and Leadership)
  • Principle Investigator for ToWe Project
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University for ETEIP Project
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University for TODDLER Project

Areas of specialism

  • Early Years: birth to five
  • Toddler Wellbeing

Publications

Number of items: 20.

Article

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

Book

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

Book Section

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

Conference or Workshop Item

Sutherland, Helen and Quinlan, Shiv (2019) Inspection framework for the foundation stage. In: UCET Annual Conference; 05-06 Nov 2019, Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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 (2018) About the ToWe Project. In: Enhancing Opportunities for Toddlers’ Wellbeing : ToWe Project International Workshop; 15-16 Mar 2018, Kingston, U.K.. (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)

Röthle, Monika, Morkeseth, Elisabeth Ianke, Sutherland, Helen and Styman, Jan (2013) TODDLERs in Europe. 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)

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

Qualifications and PROFESSIONAL expertise

  • MA in Professional Studies in Education (Management and Leadership)
  • Principle Investigator - Toddler Wellbeing (ToWe) Project (2015-2018) Enhancing the Education and Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Toddlers through the Development of Training and Materials to Support Early Years Practitioners. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2015-1-UK01-013431]
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University - ETEIP Project (2019-2021) Education and Teaching in Early Years from International Perspectives. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2019-SE01-KA201-060552]
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University - TODDLER Project (2010-2013) Towards Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Diverse Learners on the Early-childhood Road. European Union, Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius, [61609-LLP-I-2010-NO-COMENIUS-CMP]
  • International Study Abroad Tutor for the Department of Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)

Areas of interest

  • Supporting early years practitioners and teachers in developing the wellbeing of disadvantaged toddlers'
  • Developing and supporting students' reflective skills
  • Developing students' experience of internationalisation

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Qualifications and expertise

  • Principle Investigator - Toddler Wellbeing (ToWe) Project (2015-2018) Enhancing the Education and Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Toddlers through the Development of Training and Materials to Support Early Years Practitioners. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2015-1-UK01-013431]
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University - ETEIP Project (2019-2021) Education and Teaching in Early Years from International Perspectives. ERASMUS +, Key Action 2, School Education Strategic Partnership Project. [2019-SE01-KA201-060552]
  • Lead Investigator for Kingston University - TODDLER Project (2010-2013) Towards Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Diverse Learners on the Early-childhood Road. European Union, Lifelong Learning Programme, Comenius, [61609-LLP-I-2010-NO-COMENIUS-CMP]
  • External Examiner: University of Bedfordshire for the Professional Graduate in Early Years Teaching with Early Years Teacher Status and Post Graduate Certificate in Education Birth to Five with Early Years Teacher Status. 27th November 2018 – 31st October 2022
  • External Examiner: Teesside University - Kirklees College for the Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies, Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistants and the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies (0-8 years). 1st November 2013 - 31st December 2018
  • External Examiner: Leeds Beckett University - Kirklees College for the Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development. 1st December 2012 – 31st July 2016
  • Advisory Board: North East Kingston Children's Centres – Achieving for Children Community Interest Company - Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Children's Services. 3rd December 2013 - 16th January 2019
  • Consultancy: Training workshop: Supporting Children's Wellbeing for: Advantage Day Nursery, 23rd February 2019, Surbiton, United Kingdom

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • The Higher Education Academy – Senior Fellow
  • Comenius Association - Member
  • Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) Harmonisation Group

Leadership and management

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.

Qualifications and expertise

  • MA in Professional Studies in Education (Management and Leadership)
  • Lead Investigator for the ToWe Project, EU ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership

University responsibilities

  • Route Leader for the PGCE Birth to Five with Early Years Teacher Status
  • International Study Abroad Tutor for the Department of Education
  • Stage 1 Appeals Investigator for the Department of Education
  • Module Leader for the PGCE Birth to Five, Primary and Secondary - Reflective Teacher Module
  • Module Leader for the BA Primary Year 3 - Pedagogy and School Experience Module

Public and CIVIC roles

  • External Examiner for the University of Bedfordshire - Professional Graduate in Early Years Teaching with Early Years Teacher Status and Post Graduate Certificate in Education Birth to Five with Early Years Teacher Status - from 27th November 2018 and current
  • Advisory Board for North East Kingston Children's Centres – Achieving for Children Community Interest Company - Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Children's Services from 3rd December 2013 - 16th January 2019.
  • External Examiner for Teesside University - Kirklees College from 1st November 2013 - 31st December 2018 for the Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies, Foundation Degree in Teaching Assistants, and the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies (0-8 years).
  • External Examiner for Leeds Beckett University - Kirklees College from 1st December 2012 – 31st July 2016 for the Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development.

Videos of my work