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Ms Rebecca Crutchley

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

School of Education and Communities

I am the Programme Leader for the Early Childhood and Special Education programme.

    I have been at UEL since September 2013. Prior to this I taught on the Early Childhood and Primary Education courses at the University of Cumbria (Tower Hamlets Campus).

    Most of my professional career has been based in the field of primary, early childhood and special education, where I have worked as a primary school teacher, early years teacher, Deputy Head, SENCO, and early years consultant.

    I have worked mainly in inner London local authorities, although my teaching career started overseas in Moscow, where I was based for 3 years, and Australia. 


    My doctoral study (ongoing) explores the relationship between resilience and social agency in the lives of children from forced migrant communities. 

    An exploration of children's emergent scientific thinking. 


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    Special Needs in the Early Years: Partnership and Participation.

    Crutchley, R.. 2018. London: Sage Publications .



    My key areas of interest are children's social contexts, agency, rights and participation, children with additional needs, parental partnerships, international perspectives on early childhood education and children's resilience. Refugees/Forced Migrant Communities and Resilience (Socio-cultural Perspectives).



    Children in their Social Context
    Developing Learning in Early Childhood
    Academic Reading and Writing
    Children with Additional Needs in the Early Years
    Emergent Literacies in the Early Years

    Early Childhood 

    Special Education  

    Marginalised Communities

    BA in Early Childhood and Special Needs

    BA in Early Childhood Studies