Janet Douglas Gardner
A teacher and education consultant with an interest in raising standards, Janet has taught and delivered In-Service Education training in Guyana, South America, the United Kingdom, United States of America and the Bahamas in the Caribbean. Janet’s teaching experience has been mainly in the Early Years and Primary education. Through her interest in literacy, she has researched reading strategies in Early Childhood Education and Closing the Gap - Parents and Children and Teachers reading together, while reading for a Master's in Education at the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. As a teacher educator, she has researched Teachers perspectives of children’s progress in non-narrative writing while reading for the Med in Policy, Research and Professional Practice.
Janet has experience as a Primary Strategy English Consultant and Lead Project Consultant for the Intensifying Support Programme within a London local authority. Responsibilities included leading Professional development Meetings, writing Raising Attainment Plan and meeting with school leaders and Senior Leadership teams to discuss pupil progress, attainment and achievement. She has worked as an English consultant with Tribal Education for the London Challenge supporting heads of departments, middle managers and borderline levels 4/5 Key Stage 3 and Grade C/D Key stage 4 students.
Janet currently teaches courses linked to early years and primary teaching. Content includes early years and primary pedagogy, the impact of educational policy on practice, the academic and pastoral curriculum, assessment, inclusion and the research process. This includes identifying research questions, understanding methodologies chosen, collecting and analysing data and ethical considerations.
Literacy Workshops and lectures focused on Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing with opportunities to enhance the student experience through modelling and active participation. Phonics Micro Teach, Reading aloud (picture books), Reciting poems and using the Call and Response approach to storytelling in the oral tradition were some of the activities with which student teachers engaged. As a teacher educator, Janet prepares good and outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teachers for their teaching careers in diverse multicultural and multilingual urban and suburban settings.
Janet's course area interests are: Literacy across the early years and primary curriculum, professional and inclusive practice, employment based teacher training and mentoring. Janet’s research interests include oracy: using talk for writing, reading and the oral tradition, assessment for learning, English as an Additional Language learners and enhancing the student experience in higher education.
Janet Douglas Gardner.
Senior Lecturer Early Years and Primary Initial Teacher Education PGCE Literacy Lead | BEd Early Years Teaching Course Lead | PGCE Early Childhood EYTS Programme Lead.