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Harriet Rhodes


Teaching Associate

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+ 44 (0)7867 128 528


  • MEd Researching Practice, University of Cambridge
  • BEd (Hons) Drama and Music, University of Warwick

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • BERA
  • Early Education
  • Chartered College of Teaching

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Harriet is a Teaching Associate with special interest in the education of young children. She joined the Faculty in 2014 as a tutor on the Early Primary and Primary PGCE course and supervises on two masters routes; Researching Practice and Primary Education. Harriet is Chair of Section II Examiners and teaches professional studies and early years science.

Originally a drama and music teacher in London secondary schools, Harriet has since taught at each key stage from nursery to postgraduate. She was a reception teacher and leader for twelve years before joining the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth where she taught on undergraduate and graduate programmes, specialising in the Early Years and mathematics. 

Harriet has been external examiner at University of the West of England (UWE) and consultant at University of East Anglia (UEA), accrediting a range of undergraduate programmes.
She is a consultant for Cambridge University Press and Assessment (International Primary Curriculum).

Academic Area/Links

  • Early Years and Primary Education
  • Initial Teacher Education/ Early Career Teacher Education
  • Science/ Mathematics in the Early Years

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Sutton, L., Downham, S., & Rhodes, H. (2021) 'Why do I have to sit down?' Designing an age-appropriate curriculum for children in year 1.' in J.Biddulph & J. Flutter (Eds.) Unlocking Research - Inspiring Curriculum Design.(Chapter 5) Abingdon:Routledge 

Rhodes, H.(2015) Organising the Early Years Classroom. In P. Coltman & D. Whitebread (Eds.) Teaching and Learning in the Early Years (4th ed.) Abingdon:Routledge

Rhodes, H. (2014) ‘Quite often if you give children independent tasks they’re not learning from them. What I want for them is to have only writing and phonics for the next term.’ Factors impacting on curriculum and pedagogy in three English year one classrooms. Unpublished thesis.

Rhodes, H. (2012)  ‘Educating Flora’ in ‘English 4-11’ UKLA Volume 28.

Harriet Rhodes

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