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Academic Biography

Dr Sally Neaum has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, an early years and inclusion advisory teacher and an OFSTED inspector of early years provision.

In higher education, Sally has been involved in assessing Early Years Professional Status (now EYITT) and teaching and tutoring students on initial teacher training programmes. She currently teaches a number of undergraduate modules on early literacy and inclusion and diversity. Sally also teaches on a range of post- graduate programmes and is an academic supervisor at both masters and doctoral level.

Sally has a masters degree in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy. Sally has published a number of books on child development, early literacy and children’s literature. Her current areas of research and publication are children’s engagement with literacy provision and pedagogical approaches to young children's learning.

Academic Activities

PhD supervision

Niamh Storey: Adverse childhood experiences.

EdD thesis supervision

Sam Noble: Teaching assistants' views on preparedness for teaching, following implementation of evidence-based changes to practice.

Ben Wilson: Adult EFL learners’ experience of a reading circle. 

Luan Morgan: Undergraduate students’ understanding and interpretation of employability.  

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Research Output 2010 2019

Child Development

Neaum, S., 2019, 4th ed. SAGE Publications.

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Becoming a reader and writer: looking after literacy in the early years

Neaum, S., 5 Dec 2017, Looking after literacy. Walker-Gleaves, C. & Waugh, D. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, p. 1-16

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What Comes Before Phonics?

Neaum, S., 30 Jan 2017, SAGE Publications Ltd. 176 p.

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Children's learning and development in the early years

Neaum, S. & Walters, R., 2016, Primary Professional Studies. Hansen, A. (ed.). 4th ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 48-65 (Transforming Primary QTS Series).

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