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Viki Veale

Senior Lecturer - Early Years and Primary Education

Viki Veale

About Research

Email: viki.veale@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4139

Biography

Viki Veale is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education. She works across the undergraduate teams within the Institute of Education.

After graduating from St Mary's herself with a BAQTS Hons degree, Viki worked across the Early Years and Primary sector for almost 20 years as a class teacher, senior leader, training provider, consultant, mentor, and Ofsted registered home-based childcare provider.

She returned to St Mary's as a lecturer in 2014 and completed her MA in Education: Pedagogy. Areas researched include the importance of outdoor provision for children in the early years and the impact of technology-based play on young children's learning and development.

As a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education at St Mary's Viki leads modules on understanding child development, professional practice in the early years and the impact of educational policy. She also convenes the undergraduate research project on the full-time BAQTS programme.

Viki is a trustee of TACTYC: The Association for Professional Development in the Early Years, an active member of MTAS (More Than a Score), Early Education, several BERA special interest groups and All Party Parliamentary Groups associated with early childhood education and care and the development of the early years workforce. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education focusing on how an understanding the lived experiences of qualified teachers in maintained early years settings can inform ITT provision and government policy about the retention of qualified teachers in the maintained early years sector.

 Qualifications:

Educational Doctorate, St Mary's University (Started 2018)

MA Education: Pedagogy, St Mary's University

BA QTS Hons, St Mary's University

External Engagement:

External Examiner: Nottingham Trent

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Trustee and Membership Director for TACTYC: The Association for Professional Development in the Early Years

Early Education

Early Childhood Education Forum

BERA: Early Childhood Special Interest Group


Research

Research profile

  • Developing outdoor provision in the EYFS
  • Trauma informed teaching
  • Supporting the personal, social and emotional development of young children
  • Developing the early years workforce
  • Improving retention of qualified teachers in maintained early years settings

Presentations:

Changing the Story: Using I poems to navigate the ethical complexity of emotional narratives
St Mary's University: Social Inclusion and Diversity Research Cluster (July 2021)

COVID Keeps: Reflections on lessons learned through the pandemic about how to enhance teaching and learning in ITT St Mary's University: Festival of Teaching and Learning (July 2021)

COVID Keeps: Reactions, Reflections and Rethinking Teaching in HE Advance HE: Annual Teaching and Learning Conference (June 2021)

Technology and Tests: Understanding the threats to play based learning and what we can do about them Edge Hill University: Keynote lecture (March 2019)

The changing face of play ̶an exploration of the importance of outdoor play in the digital age

Aberystwyth University: A Child's world- New Shoes, New Direction conference (July 2018)

The Importance of outdoor Provision in the Digital age Early Years TV: Interview (June 2017)

The Importance of outdoor Provision in the Digital age Early Years TV: Interview (June 2017)

The Importance of outdoor Provision in the Digital age TACTYC: Annual Conference (June 2017)


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