I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and the Course Leader for the Primary Teaching leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGCE programme. I have extensive teaching and management experience in a diverse range of schools where I worked in close partnership with other practitioners/teachers, parents and local authorities, before moving into Further and Higher Education institutions.
My current research project explores the teaching and assessment of science in the Early Years. Along with my co-researcher, I have developed a model and tool for assessing science (FASEY) which is now being trialled in partnership with a London school. The research focuses on enquiry-based, collaborative learning through play.
I am also passionate about the outdoor learning. I have a level 3 Forest School Advanced Leader qualification and have led Forest School sessions in nursery, school and with students. I am currently developing the Forest School site and provision at Kingston University to enable sessions for local schools, facilitated by Education and Social Work students. I have been inspired by a recent visit to a Swedish Forest School and have used this experience to uplift both lectures and practical sessions at the University site.
Other areas of interest and expertise include child development, creativity and engaging children in decision-making
Senior Lecturer in Education; PGCE Primary (with QTS) Course Leader
Marian, Hazel and Jackson, Claire (2017) Inquiry-based learning : a framework for assessing science in the early years. Early Child Development and Care, 187(2), pp. 221-232. ISSN (print) 0300-4430