Senior Lecturer in Children & Families Partnership Development Coordinator
Children and Families
tel: 01905 855571
Sue has worked with children and their families or carers in a range of statutory and private organisations in education and social care over the last 25 years. During this time, she joined Local Authority working parties, undertook tutor field work for the Pre-School Learning Alliance and attend national early years forums. Sue worked for 6 years, at a nursery assessment unit, specialising in working with children who had a diagnosis of ASD. During this time she completed her MA in Special and Inclusive Education and researched ways of supporting communication and reflection with nonverbal children. Part of this role, within a special school, included providing staff training across the school and being employed as a part time tutor for Autism West Midlands.
Sue joined the team at the University of Worcester in 2006 and became a Fellow of The Higher Teaching Academy in 2013. She continues her work with children and their families within her role as a governor at a school for children with special educational needs.
Sue’s values and beliefs are grounded in giving children positive experiences, a sense of self-worth and valuing their contribution as agents in their own right.
- Fellowship Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2013)
- PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (2013)
- MA in Special and Inclusive Education: University of Worcester (2010)
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
- Tutor Field Worker/ Pre-School Practice
- Assessor/Internal Verifier Awards D32,D33
- Diploma in Preschool Practice
Teaching & Research
Sue is interested in supporting students to become resilient agents of change, who can make links between theory and practice though adopting a reflective approach to their practice empowering them to be committed advocates for children.
Sue has undertaken research investigating the use of creative pedagogy to support children’s effective communication and valuing the child’s voice.
Sue led Early Years professional Status programmes at the University of Worcester from 2006 to 2017. During this time she explored the need to reconceptualise setting leaders’ roles to acknowledge the need to ‘lead’ from within practice. During this time she also worked with government departments to support the development and growth of the programme.
Recently Sue has been involved with a research project investigating the effect the ‘In The Moment Planning’ approach can have on children’s learning and development.
- Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children (TACTYC)
- The Higher Education Academy - Fellow
June 2009 The New Professionals: leading for change by Rory McDowall Clark & Sue Baylis. In Reflections on Practice in the Early Years Edited by Natalie Canning and Mike Reed
Article-Men in Early Years In EYE Magazine
2009 - Andrews, M & Baylis, S (2009) Male Status Symbols: Men in Early Childhood. Early Years Educator (EYE) Magazine. Vol 11, Issue 3
2010 - The New Professionals: leading for change by Rory McDowall Clark & Sue Baylis
2010 - In Reflections on Practice in the Early Years Edited by Natalie Canning and Mike Reed. London: Sage
2011 - Leading Practice and Leading Change by Rory McDowall Clark & Sue Baylis
2011 - In Implementing Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years Edited by Natalie Canning and Mike Reed. London: Sage
2012 - Wasted Down There; policy and practice with under -threes. by Rory McDowall Clark & Sue Baylis
2012 - Early Years Journal (Special Edition)
- External Examiner at Kingston University for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Early Years Teacher Status Birth-5
- Governor at Fort Royal Primary School, Wylds Lane, Worcester, WR5 1DR