Dr Jane Carter

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About me

I originally trained in law but soon became interested in teaching through volunteer work with children in inner-city Bristol. My teaching career has included primary classroom teaching, local authority literacy consultancy, in service training and deputy headship of a primary school and now teaching as a Senior Lecturer on Initial Teacher Education programmes. More recently I have been seconded to establish and manage the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance.

I have recently completed my doctorate with a focus on the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

I was awarded the HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2012 and as part of the award has travelled to the USA to research reading and literacy teaching and learning in a range of different schools in the urban and rural areas.

I am a member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association and have presented regularly at the UKLA International Conferences as well as other conferences further afield. Last year I was awarded two 'Best Paper' awards, one at the CiCe conference in Madrid and the other at the Faculty Post Grad Research Conference.

Area of expertise

I am passionate about the teaching of English and in particular the teaching of reading.

My doctorate studies evalutated the phonics screening check, illuminating the voices of the children who take the check and the perpsectives of thier teachers. 
I am currently researching the role of students in the teaching of reading with a focus on the UWE BRP project. Our second year undergrad are trained in the BRP intervention programme each year and then work one to one with two children in local primary schools. Children typically make 4 months progress (BAS standardised reading age tests) in the 5 week of the intervnetion.
I am also working on a parent partnership project with Dr Ann Alston: using the work of Roald Dahl with parents to support their engagement with reading with their children. 
This year I will be working with the OU Research Rich Pedagogies Reading Group intiatives to establish a teachers reading group with a focus on auditing and investigating reading for pleasure in classrooms. 

I was also  part of a European research project investigating the use of children’s literature in classrooms across Europe. 


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