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Dr Carrie Emma Weston

Associate Dean

Dr Carrie Weston is Associate Dean and Director of Learning and Teaching in the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London.  

    Carrie did her first degree in English and Drama at the University of Warwick (1985-89).  After qualifying as a teacher, she worked in schools in London where she held posts as SENCo and deputy head. After leading a team of peripetetic teachers in Kent, Carrie completed her Masters degree and worked for an Educational Psychology Service and later an Inspection and Advisory Service, both in London boroughs. Following success in developing school improvement and leading Professional Development for teachers, in 1999 Carrie took up the role of Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.  There she researched SEN issues, including through a 2-year ESRC-funded Inclusion Project, and taught on undergraduate, PGCE and Masters programmes.  

    In 2003 Carrie took up a post at the University of East London, shortly before gaining a fully funded studentship in Scotland to research for a PhD. She continued to teach at UEL in the evenings whilst studying and commuting to Glasgow. Three years later Carrie obtained her doctorate and returned full-time to UEL as a Programme Leader, developing successful postgraduate provision in the field of Special Education and working closely with collaborative partners.  She has been successful in a number of funded research projects and published in the field of Special Education, with a particular interest in learning and teaching for young people with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).  Carrie went on to become Subject Area Head and later Associate Dean within the Cass School of Education and Communities.

    Carrie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Psychological Society.  She has acted in the capacity of External Advisor and External Examiner for other Higher Education Institutions and regularly acts as a peer reviewer for a number of international journals.

    Carrie Weston is also a successful children's author, published by Oxford University Press, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Heinemann, Gullane, Watts and A & C Black. Based on her published work, she was invited to launch a literacy scheme in Tennessee and has performed at the Bath Literacy Festival and Glastonbury.



    Overview

    Weston, C (2016) The Relationship Between Physical Development and Learning in the Early Years and Primary Classroom in Moyles, J (Ed) Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning. Open University Press. New Edition.

    Westopn, C (2015) Investigating the Impact of accredited CPD for teachers: short change?  Paper presented at BERA conference, September 2015, Queen’s University, Belfast

    Weston, C., Minnion,A., Kwiatkowska G. & Guardini, E (2013) Volunteering and Learning in HE: exploring and acknowledging student experience in The Journal of Research in Teacher Education Vol3, N02.

    Weston, C. (2013) Physical Learning and Special Needs in the Early Years  Chapter in Ang. L (ed) (2013)  International Perspectives on the Early Years Curriculum . Pearson.

    Weston, C. (2012) Becoming Bonded Through Developmental Movement Play: Review of a parent and child movement group incorporating the theory, practice and philosophy of Sherborne Developmental Movement.Intl. Journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy

    Weston, C. (2011) Sport For All? An Investigation of the purposes and manifestations of PE in the early years.  Paper presented at BERA conference, September 2011, Institute of Education, London.

    Weston, C. (2011) Inclusive Physical Education – DVD.  Produced by The Rix Centre, London.

    Weston, C & Marsden, E (2011) The Relationship Between Physical Development and Learning in the Early Years and Primary Classroom in Moyles, J (Ed) Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning. Open University Press.

    Weston, C (2010) Researching Inclusive Physical Learning  BERA conference, University of Warwick, September 2010

    Weston, C. (2010) UEL Special Needs and Inclusive Education Course Reader.  London, SAGE

    Weston, C (2009) It’s All A Game...Teachers’ Perspectives on PE in the Early Years BERA Conference, University of Manchester, September 2009

    Weston, C (2008) Quality and Inclusive Practice in Early Years PE. BERA Conference, Herriot Watt University, September.

    Weston, C. (2007) Quality Physical Education in the Early Years  in E. Marsden and J. Eggerton (eds) Moving With Research: Evidence Based Practice.  Sunfield Publications, Birmingham

    Weston, C and Marsden, E (2007) Locating Quality Practice in Early Years Physical Education Journal of Sport, Education and Society; Vol. 12, No 4: 383-398

    Weston, C and Marsden, E (2005) Never Mind the Length, Feel the Quality: searching the evidence for quality physical education in the early years, BERA Conference. University of Glamorgan. September

    Weston C, Marsden, E and Hair, M (2004) Innovative and Inclusive Physical Education. BERA Conference. University of Manchester Met. September. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00003898.htm

    Weston, C (2003) Educating All: Towards Inclusive Classroom Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs  in Alfrey, C (ed) (2003) Understanding Children’s Learning David Fulton, London

    Weston, C and Marsden. E. (2003) The effects of SDM on the physical, social and cognitive development of young children. 13th  Annual Conference of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association. University of Strathclyde. September.        

    Weston, C and Lewis, P (2002) Creating Boyzones. BERA Conference, University of Exeter, 12-14th September

    Weston, C and Majors, K (2001) In-Service Training for Teachers: short change?  IPSE, London




    Weston, C. (2011) Physical Learning and Special Needs in the Early Years Chapter in Ang. L (ed) International Perspectives on the Early Years Curriculum . Pearson. Publication date September 2012|

    Weston, C. (2011) Becoming Bonded Through Developmental Movement Play: Review of a parent and child movement group incorporating the theory, practice and philosophy of Sherborne Developmental Movement.Intl. Journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy|

    Weston, C. (2011) Investigating the relationship between movement teaching and the development of pro-social skills in an English early years classroom (In Review with Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood)|

    Weston, C & Marsden, E (2011) The Relationship Between Physical Development and Learning in the Early Years and Primary Classroom in Moyles,J (Ed) Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning. Open University Press.|

    Weston, C. (2011) Sport For All? An Investigation of the purposes and manifestations of PE in the early years. Paper presented at BERA conference, September 2011, Institute of Education, London.|

    Weston, C. (2011) Inclusive Physical Education – a research film. Produced by The Rix Centre, London.|

    Weston, C (2010) Researching Inclusive Physical Learning BERA conference, University of Warwick, September 2010|

    Weston, C. (2010) UEL Special Needs and Inclusive Education Course Reader. London, SAGE|

    Weston, C (2009) It’s All A Game...Teachers’ Perspectives on PE in the Early Years BERA Conference, University of Manchester, September 2009|

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    Research

    999 – 2002

    Involved in ESRC funded inclusion project headed by Professors Tony Booth, Mel Ainscow and Alan Dyson.  Lead involvement of an inner London primary school and documented evidence for the project.  Organisational involvement in 2 connected national conferences.

    2003-2004

    University of Paisley funded research project on the effects of Sherborne Developmental Movement on the social skills and exhibited behaviours of 3 groups of children.

    2004-2007

                   PhD fully funded through scholarship              

    2010-2011

    Principal Investigator on solo Challenge Fund bid for Research and Knowledge Exchange project (£42,000).

    2013       NIACE funded research project with the Rix Centre

    2014       Funding for intern for research on Professional Development in Schools

    2015       Leadership of Cass London Scholars Project

    Funding

    Carrie's PhD concerns teaching and learning for young children, with emphasis on provision for children with special needs (particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorder; ASD). She is particularly interested in young children as physical learners and how good practice in special education can inform mainstream provision, thus identifying inclusion. Following a funded research project Carrie has produced a DVD on Inclusive Physical Education, investigating the teaching of PE for children with autism and how this illuminates good practice for mainstream teachers.


    Carrie continues to write children's books and has published more than 20, including for the educational market. Her book 'Boris Starts School' (2008, OUP) was chosen to launch a state-wide literacy programme in the US. The series is now a quartet of books, translated into 17 languages around the world.



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    Portfolio




    ED2003 (Module Leader)
    ED2019 (Module Leader)
    ED3019 (Module Leader)
    ED3000 Tutor
    ETM 727 Inclusion (Module Leader)
    BA Special Education
    MA Special Educational Needs
    Professional Doctorate
    Postgraduate Research 

    Weston, C (2016) The Relationship Between Physical Development and Learning in the Early Years and Primary Classroom in Moyles, J (Ed) Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning. Open University Press. New Edition.

    Weston, C (2015) Investigating the Impact of accredited CPD for teachers: short change?  Paper presented at BERA conference, September 2015, Queen’s University, Belfast

    Weston, C., Minnion,A., Kwiatkowska G. & Guardini, E (2013) Volunteering and Learning in HE: exploring and acknowledging student experience in The Journal of Research in Teacher Education Vol3, N02.

    Weston, C. (2013) Physical Learning and Special Needs in the Early Years  Chapter in Ang. L (ed) (2013)  International Perspectives on the Early Years Curriculum . Pearson.

    Weston, C. (2012) Becoming Bonded Through Developmental Movement Play: Review of a parent and child movement group incorporating the theory, practice and philosophy of Sherborne Developmental Movement.Intl. Journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy

    Weston, C. (2011) Sport For All? An Investigation of the purposes and manifestations of PE in the early years.  Paper presented at BERA conference, September 2011, Institute of Education, London.

    Weston, C. (2011) Inclusive Physical Education – DVD.  Produced by The Rix Centre, London.

    Weston, C & Marsden, E (2011) The Relationship Between Physical Development and Learning in the Early Years and Primary Classroom in Moyles, J (Ed) Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning. Open University Press.

    Weston, C (2010) Researching Inclusive Physical Learning  BERA conference, University of Warwick, September 2010

    Weston, C. (2010) UEL Special Needs and Inclusive Education Course Reader.  London, SAGE

    Weston, C (2009) It’s All A Game...Teachers’ Perspectives on PE in the Early Years BERA Conference, University of Manchester, September 2009

    Weston, C (2008) Quality and Inclusive Practice in Early Years PE. BERA Conference, Herriot Watt University, September.

    Weston, C. (2007) Quality Physical Education in the Early Years  in E. Marsden and J. Eggerton (eds) Moving With Research: Evidence Based Practice.  Sunfield Publications, Birmingham

    Weston, C and Marsden, E (2007) Locating Quality Practice in Early Years Physical Education Journal of Sport, Education and Society; Vol. 12, No 4: 383-398

    Weston, C and Marsden, E (2005) Never Mind the Length, Feel the Quality: searching the evidence for quality physical education in the early years, BERA Conference. University of Glamorgan. September

    Weston C, Marsden, E and Hair, M (2004) Innovative and Inclusive Physical Education. BERA Conference. University of Manchester Met. September. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00003898.htm

    Weston, C (2003) Educating All: Towards Inclusive Classroom Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs  in Alfrey, C (ed) (2003) Understanding Children’s Learning David Fulton, London

    Weston, C and Marsden. E. (2003) The effects of SDM on the physical, social and cognitive development of young children. 13th  Annual Conference of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association. University of Strathclyde. September.        

    Weston, C and Lewis, P (2002) Creating Boyzones. BERA Conference, University of Exeter, 12-14th September

    Weston, C and Majors, K (2001) In-Service Training for Teachers: short change?  IPSE, London

    Teaching