Current Teaching Areas
I oversee all modules on the Childhood and Family Studies degree courses which includes: BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, BA Hons Family and Community Studies, BA Hons Childhood & Family Studies and Social Policy, BA Hons Childhood & Family Studies and Sociology, BA Hons Special Education al Needs, Disability and Inclusion and Childhood and Family Studies as well as a Foundation Degree in early Years Services and undergraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training. A Foundation year leading onto these courses as well as Childhood and Family Studies Masters modules have also been written in 2017. This ensures that there is progression for all students from level three to level seven. .
Since becoming Head of Department for Childhood and Family Studies, I have developed a ‘spiral curriculum’ throughout the courses as this ensures that the courses tell a ‘story.’ Academic and employability skills have been embedded into modules at each level of study with these skills becoming higher order at each level. New modules have also been written to celebrate and acknowledge students placement and work based experiences again with greater expectations at each level. I support modules leaders and tutors as well as supervising level 6 project students.
Summary of main responsibilities
Head of Department for Childhood and Family Studies. To provide academic leadership in relation to people management, student recruitment and carry out staff appraisal, probationary meetings and overseeing staff the management of staff including workloads. To contribute to the teaching assessment of programmes and use management information for planning and managing resources for business and the student experience. To lead and develop initiatives and taking a lead in relevant and appropriate institutional meetings and to support the team to achieve their full potential. The role also involves working cross faculty with other Principle Lecturer’s to achieve targets for recruitment, progression, attainment and to enhance student satisfaction and ensuring the curricula meet professional bodies and statutory requirements.