Dr Pat Beckley

Academic Staff & Senior Lecturer

School of Teacher Development

Pat is working in Research within the School, developing projects with networks of colleagues locally, in Europe, particularly Norway, and in Africa. BGU colleagues and trainees are supported to raise their research profile, building on work with a Post-Doctoral Research Lecturer, Ph.D student and Ed.D Action Learning Set. Pat joined BGU in 2005 on the PGCE Primary programme, with responsibility for Early Years, and she undertook the Academic Co-ordinator role for the 3-7 cohort from 2007-2015. This comprised leading the 3-7 PGCE Primary Full-time, part-time and School Direct cohorts, as well as contributing to research and early years sessions in other courses such as EYTS, Early Childhood Studies and Masters programmes. Prior to this, Pat worked in schools, leading age phases 3-11 and gaining NPQH, before working with the Local Authority to support Early Years and Music in schools and settings.


Pat teaches across the UG, EYTS, PGCE Primary and PDE courses and she supports work within the research modules throughout the programmes. She is the Link Tutor for clusters of schools in North East Lincolnshire, including the Humber Teaching School Alliance (Primary), having piloted the cluster model of working in 2010-2011 in Cleethorpes.

Pat’s doctoral research focused on ‘Challenges and Resolutions to Early Years Literacy Approaches in two selected sites in Norway and England’. This encouraged Pat to organise annual visits for trainees and lecturers to Barneharges, Skoles and Hedmark University College, Norway to enable them to experience the Forest School philosophy and environment. Collaboration has been fostered with colleagues working in universities in Europe, concerned with early years and primary educational issues. Her research work also includes Co-Principal Investigator in funded research with Soundlincs, an East Midlands Music Organisation, 2013-2015 and a second project 2015 -2018. She is working with colleagues in the UK and Uganda as part of the Research into Improving Systems in Education venture, following a visit to the country to develop collaboration, supported by Christian Partners in Africa (CPA). Pat has incorporated Action Research throughout her teaching career, including studies into such aspects as Music, Special Educational Needs, ICT and Effective Early Learning.

Pat has been External Examiner for Primary and Early Years programmes at Gloucester, Worcester, Edge Hill and Leeds Beckett universities. She has presented papers at BERA, EECERA and BGU and led workshops as an Executive member of TACTYC, Association for Professional Development in Early Years, at the annual national conferences.

Lindon, J. Beckley. P, Lindon. L. (2016) (2nd ed,) Effective Early Years Leadership London: Hodder

Beckley, P. (ed) (2013) The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, challenges and reflections. Published by OUP Contributors include academics at universities in Leeds Metropolitan, Birmingham, Northampton, York St. John, St Mary’s Canada, Anglia Ruskin, Cumbria, Worcester and experts such as Elizabeth Carruthers (mathematics) and Anita Soni and Liz Creed (psychology)

Beckley, P. (ed) (2012) Learning in Early Childhood: A whole child approach from birth to eight London: Sage. Contributors include Anita Soni, Senior Psychologist; Rebecca Glenton Leading Teacher for Early Years; Sharon Marsden, Headteacher; Helen Hendry, Sue Lambert, Jane Johnston and Lindy Nahmad-Williams, Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln

2013 Chapter in Education Series edited by Curtiss, W. Ward, S. based on Approaches to Early Years published by Sage

2009 Co-authored with Karen Elvidge and Helen Hendry Implementing The Early Years Foundation Stage: A Handbook published by OUP

2009 Chapter in Thinking About Play: Developing a Reflective Approach by Prof. Janet Moyles    Pub: OUP

2009 Chapter in book based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, Area of Learning – Shape, Space and Measures.Book edited by Jane Johnston and Lindy Nahmad-Williams

2009 Article for EYE with Karen Elvidge and Helen Hendry based on Starting from the Child

2008 Boxed contribution to book by Jane Johnston and Lindy Nahmed-Williams Early Childhood Studies

2008 Literature review of book edited by A. Osler, Teachers, Human Rights and Diversity: Educating Citizens in Multicultural Societies. Pub. Stoke on Trent, Trentham Books

Articles by Dr Pat Beckley