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Mrs Faye Stanley

Mrs Faye Stanley

Head of Childhood and Family Studies

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 323371
  • Location University of Wolverhampton Samuel Johnson (WN) Building Walsall Campus Gorway Road Walsall WS1 3BD
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute Institute of Education
  • Areas of expertise Early years, Primary curriculum, Comparative education, Practitioner values

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.

Children’s experiences in school

Practitioners experiences in early years/primary

Children’s transitions

I am a member and on the strategy group for the Early Childhood Degrees Network which has included updating the QAA Early Childhood Studies Benchmarks. The network has been influential in the development of Early Childhood Studies degrees and their variants since 1993.

We meet regularly to share and disseminate information about the degrees as well as being influential in higher education research, policy and practice relating to early been influential in the development of Early Childhood Studies degrees.

Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Masters in Education, 2007.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Primary), 1999.                                                                                                       

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, 1997.

PhD (current) funded by University of Wolverhampton and Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education, 2017 (Expected completion date).

‘Team Around the Child’ – Trentham Books

‘The Power of  Ideas in the Early Years’ - Open University

Practitioner Publications and Reports


Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)


Chapter by Faye Stanley ‘Investigating the practical challenges of integrated, multi-agency work’ in ‘Team Around the Child’ (2007) edited by Siraj-Blacthford, I, Clarke, K and Needham, M    ISBN: 978-1858564180

Chapter by Faye Stanley ‘Vygotsky- From public to private: learning from personal speech’ – in Making Sense of Theory and Practice – The power of ideas (2011) edited by Waller, T, Whitmarsh, J and Clarke, K   ISBN: 978-033524246-7


Conference Presentations

Presented paper at the School Research Conference on MA findings May 2004

Attended BETT conference – teaching and learning activities, resources gathered related to early years for staff and students, September 2005

Attended BETT conference, January 2006

Attended ‘Shared Sustained Thinking in the Early Years Conference’ - London Institute of Education, 24th March 2006

Attended ‘Challenges and Dilemmas in the Early Years Foundation Stage Conference’ – Oxford, 2007

Presented at EECERA Conference, Stavanger, Norway, August 2008

Presented at School of Education Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, May 2008

Presented at School of Education Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, May 2010 Presented at EECERA Conference, Birmingham, September 2010, regarding Open University book; part of symposium regarding Open University book chapter and collaborative working

Attended ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ Conference, July 2012, Westminster briefing, London.

Presented at BECERA Conference, Birmingham, 2014, PhD ‘Methodological Thinking’

Presented at EECERA Conference in Crete, 2014, ‘Practitioners’ Values’

Presented at BECERA Conference, Birmingham, 2015, ‘Researching Dialogue’

Presented at EECERA Conference in Barcelona, 2015, ‘Practitioners’ Values’

Presented at EECERA Conference in Dublin, 2016, ‘Using Video as a Tool to Explore Practitioner’s Values’

Presented at BECERA Conference, Birmingham, 2017, ‘Positionality: Insider and outsider perspectives between practitioner and researcher’

Presented at EECERA Conference in Italy, Bologna, 2017, Developing a Sense of Belonging; The Student Experience on an Early Childhood Studies Degree’

First lecturing appointment (currently 12 years), 2004 to present.

7 years teaching in a primary school from Nursery to Year 6, 1999 to 2004.

1 year as a family support worker, 1997 to 1998.


Staff Development Skills

Completed Effective Early Learning (EEL) training

NPQICL programme with SERCO

Aiming Higher

Part of CWDC research on Early Years Professional Status

Part of Dscf research on ‘I can’

Took part in an exchange to Stockholm University on the ‘Early Childhood and Didactic Science Programme.’

External Examiner role for an academic programme 

Oxford Brookes University for Sector Endorsed Early Years Foundation Degree until July 2016.

Currently since 2016, external examiner at Northampton University for BA (Hons) Early Childhood studies