Following a successful career in the Women’s Royal Air Force, Caroline re-trained as an Early Childhood practitioner and gained experience in a wide range of professional settings including pre-school, full day-care and out of school provision, and as a primary school teaching assistant. As a development worker for the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Caroline visited well over 100 pre-school settings and developed a keen interest in community provision. She has been involved in the training and development of early childhood and learning support practitioners for over twenty years, and holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTLS) in the learning and skills sector. Caroline joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2012, after several years teaching further and higher education at Huntingdonshire Regional College, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.
Caroline’s role at BGU involves facilitating and co-ordinating the University’s partnerships with four further education colleges, with particular responsibility for academic quality assurance and student experience, in a diverse range of collaborative provision. Caroline is a senior lecturer on BGU’s Professional Studies programmes in Early Childhood, Education and Childhood and Youth, at Foundation Degree and BA(Hons.) levels.
Caroline’s research interests have included transitions in childhood and young adulthood, digital technologies in pre-schools, and the professional development of teaching assistants. She is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education.
Caroline is currently standing in as the Programme Leader for the Certificate (CertEd) and Professional Graduate Diploma (pGDE) in Education, Training and Skills, a training programme for beginning teachers in the Further Education and Skills sector.