Mrs Sharon Bell

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

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I've worked at the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer for over ten years now mainly on all the Programmes related to Initial Teacher Education. Since September 2014, however, I have been a Senior Lecturer in Child and Youth Studies and Foundation Degree for Children's and Young People's Services (College of Education).

I am also the College representative on the Academic Board.

Teaching responsibilities

The Child and Youth Studies (CYS) Degree is practice based and explores the 0-19 sector from an education perspective. The Foundation Degree in Children's and Young People's Services (FDA CYPS) reflects the changes to Children's and Young People's workforce and is a practice based Foundation Degree offering a choice of pathways that will enable students to gain theoretical knowledge underpinned by practical experiences of working in the Children's and Young People's Workforce.

I am currently Module Leader for Reflective Practice, Developing Professional Practice and Children's and Young People's Education. I also teach on a range of other modules including Research into Learning and Independent Studies.

As CYS is a practice-based module I am also a University Link Tutor for Partnership Schools and the Placement Coordinator for the Programme.

Professional interests

I am interested in effective pastoral systems and interventions; Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom, Guiding Children's and Young People's Behaviours; Curriculum and Reflective Practice.

Research interests

I have undertaken research for Museums, Libraries and Archives Association and personal research related to mentoring, coaching and pastoral support systems.


  • Senior Fellow HEA
  • Masters in Education (MAEd PPD)
  • BA (Hons) History with English and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Experience in industry

I qualified as a teacher in 1997 and worked within the Primary Sector particularly working with 7-11 year olds. Roles and responsibilities included: Deputy Head, Subject Leader for History and English and Curriculum Coordinator.

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