Carol Fenton

Carol Fenton

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Subject area: Early Years

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  • I teach across all three stages of the Early Childhood Studies degree
  • I am the Stage 1 tutor and Stage 2 placement coordinator
  • I lead both the Young Child in School (Stage 2) and Leadership in the Early Years (Stage 3) modules.

Teaching responsibilities

Stage 1

I teach on the Emerging Practitioner and Study Skills modules.

Stage 2

I am the module leader for the Young Child in School and also teach on the Developing Practitioner and Early Researcher modules.

Stage 3

I am the module leader for Leadership in the Early Years and I tutor on the Critically Reflective Practitioner and Independent Study modules.

Professional interests

  • My professional interest is lifelong learning and professional development in education
  • Within early years and statutory education my particular interest is a child's social and emotional development and the impact this may have on behaviour
  • Within Higher Education the opportunity for continued self and professional development.

Research interests

  • The value of continuing professional development for Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses
  • The impact and value of support provided by non teaching professionals in the nursery and classroom
  • The quality of teaching and learning for Higher Education students.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, University of Derby (2004)
  • Graduate Teacher Programme (2004)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) National College for School Leadership (2008)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Derby (2014).

Recent conferences

  • Presented at A Child's World International Conference in Aberystwyth, Wales (2014) - Safeguarding: It's everybody's business.

Additional interests and activities

  • I am in the final year of a Masters in Education - the focus being lifelong learning
  • I enjoy dancing and bike riding

Experience in industry

I started my professional career as a nursery nurse and after graduating and achieving qualified teacher status I worked as a teacher in both key stages 1 and 2. My involvement in middle leadership both as numeracy coordinator and line manager of teaching assistants led to my appointment as Headteacher of a primary school.

I have also worked with colleges of Further Education to deliver both early years and professional development qualifications.

International experience

Whilst living in Kenya I worked alongside the World Education Service to deliver the Key Stage 1 curriculum to British children. I also established a nursery unit attached to an international school.

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