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I am currently the Professional Lead for Education Innovation and Partnerships within the School of Education, which gives me the opportunity to network and to establish relationships with various sector partners including Further Education colleges, Multi Academy Trusts, schools, community groups and private sector organisations in the UK and beyond. I am also involved in taking forward enquires and interest in degree apprenticeships that relate to the School of Education. In addition to my Professional Lead role, I also Course Lead the Early Years Foundation Degrees offered at our ten partner colleges in various locations in London and Surrey. I am co-researching with a colleague, piloting the Framework for Assessing Science in the Early Years (FASEY) with a team of Early Years professionals within a Multi Academy Trust in West London. Children's rights and professional identities in the Early Years are my other areas of research.
Education Innovation Partnerships Professional Lead
I am currently involved in trialling the Framework for Assessing Science in the Early Years (FASEY) tool with children in a nursery provision. Following on from the implementation of FASEY, I will be gathering data from practitioners on their lived experience, confidence and perspectives on the relevance of promoting scientific engagement in the Early Years through an assessment method.
I have previously conducted research into the perceptions of Early Years practitioners regarding their professional status and identity whilst pursuing a Foundation Degree in Early Years.
I am also keenly involved in promoting self assessment amongst higher education learners to promote ownership of learning and confidence in addressing assessment tasks.
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