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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, pedagogical approaches to young children's learning, and early learning experiences that lead into school-based phonics teaching. 

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

Children's ways of knowing. Learning through Intent Participation in the early years

Neaum, S., 26 Jan 2020, In : Early Years. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Child Development

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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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 Ltd, p. 1-16

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    What Comes Before Phonics?

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBook