Janet Douglas Gardner
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Janet Douglas Gardner

Janet is an Associate Teaching Professor and a Senior Fellow in The Higher Education Academy. 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, Bahamas in the Caribbean and India. 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 in Key Stage 2.

Janet has experience as a Primary Strategy English Consultant and Lead Project Consultant for the Intensifying Support Programme within a London Local Authority. She has worked as an English consultant with Tribal Education for the London Challenge. As a Teacher Educator within the School of Social Professions, Janet has led teacher training courses and programmes for undergraduate and post graduate student teachers in pre-service and employment-based routes. Janet has been the PGCE Literacy Lead in Early Years and Primary Education for five years. She uses her knowledge and experience of literacy learning and teaching to inspire and engage aspiring teachers in all aspects of spoken language, reading and writing in multilingual, multicultural classrooms while enhancing their English Subject Knowledge. She keeps abreast with developments in the English/Literacy curriculum through research and evidence informed practice. Janet is an active member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) where she is a Trustee, Convenor of Conferences and Panel Chair for the Association's award for inclusion and diversity, The Brenda Eastwood Award.

Janet is the Course Lead for the two-year Accelerated Degree in Primary Education. She is the London Met Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Voice staff lead supporting the university's strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is the Co Lead for the Decolonising Met Working Group.

Janet currently teaches modules linked to early years and primary teaching. Content includes early years and primary pedagogy, the impact of social justice and 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 applying ethical considerations. In preparing students for teacher education and training, Janet supports students in understanding the role of subject knowledge in primary teaching. Students complete subject audits in English, Mathematics and Science. They set and review targets and engage with webinars, workshops and independent study to enhance their knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning journey in reading by completing a reading journal which focuses on early reading and phonics, picture books and reading aloud. Students are encouraged to celebrate their heritage languages and teach mini lessons to their peers using through greetings, poems and songs.

Course area interests are: Subject knowledge for teaching, the Inclusive curriculum and decolonisation, Literacy across the early years and primary curriculum, professional practice and employment. 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. Her research interest for her doctoral thesis is Student Voice and the Inclusive Curriculum.

  • Douglas Gardner, J. (2019) Empowering the student voice through inclusive and innovative practice: examples from initial teacher education for the English curriculum. Investigations in University Teaching and Learning. London Metropolitan University


  • Douglas Gardner, J. (2020) ‘Changing Teacher Educational Context: Global discourses in teacher education and its effect on teacher education in national contexts’ in Callender, C. and Madalińska-Michalak, J. (eds) Intercultural Studies of Teacher Education: issues of policy and practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • London Metropolitan University Learning and Teaching Conference 2020
  • Embracing Cultural Wealth: Innovative approaches to curriculum delivery in primary education
  • London Metropolitan University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017
  • Enhancing student contribution in literacy: Celebrating languages and accents
Janet Douglas Gardner
Associate Teaching Professor, Senior Fellow in the Higher Education Academy
London Met BAME Voice Staff Lead and Co Lead for Decolonising Met
Teacher Educator and Course Lead for BA Primary Education (two-year accelerated degree) course