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Harriet Rhodes


Teaching Associate

E-mail Address


+ 44 (0)7867 128 528


  • MEd (Dist.) Researching Practice University of Cambridge
  • BEd. University of Warwick

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Assessor (University of Cambridge)
  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy
  • BERA
  • Early Education
  • UKLA

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Harriet is a teaching associate with special interest in the education of young children. Originally a teacher of drama and music in secondary schools, she has taught every year group from nursery to postgraduate. Harriet was a reception teacher and leader for twelve years, the last four of which were combined with a secondment at the Faculty where she taught mathematics and became a partnership tutor. As a lecturer at the University of St. Mark and St. John, she taught on undergraduate and graduate programmes, specialising in the early years and mathematics.

Now returned to Cambridge, Harriet is a professional studies tutor with responsibility for early primary education, first appointments and early mathematics. She supervises on the Researching Practice masters course. Harriet is also responsible for ensuring that trainees are supported in their search for their first teaching posts.

She is currently involved in the development of effective recruitment and retention of teachers in Cambridgeshire. Personal interests and enthusiasms include how children learn to think in three dimensions and teachers’ perceptions of independent learning.

Academic Area/Links

  • Early Years and Primary Education
  • Mathematics in the Early Years
  • CEDiR

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Research Topics

  • The development of 3D thinking in the early years
  • Curriculum and pedagogy in FS/ KS1
  • Teachers’ and headteachers’ understanding of independent learning

Current Research Project(s)

  • Recruitment and retention – the links between ITT and schools

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  • Postgraduate
    • Professional tutor - EYP PGCE
    • Mathematics tutor EYP PGCE
    • Academic writing skills tutor
    • PGCE Course Assessor
    • Primary First Appointments tutor
    • Supervisor (Researching Practice) MEd

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Principal and Recent Publications

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

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