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. I was a primary classroom teacher for many years before becoming a deputy head teacher. I then moved into a local authority literacy support and school improvement role. I am now a senior lecturer at UWE and teach on a number of programmes from undergraduate Initial Teacher Education to education doctoral programmes. I am also engaged in a number of research projects.

I was awarded the HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2013 and as part of this award, travelled to the USA to research reading and literacy teaching and learning in a range of different schools in urban and rural areas.  

Area of expertise

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

My research interests are focused on all aspects of literacy with a particular interest in the teaching of early reading and comprehension as well as approaches to engaging all children and families with reading. 

My doctoral thesis explored the impact of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check on children and teachers.

Following this I have been involved with the Erasmus Plus Project 'Open the Door for Reading' and this led to a UWE VC Early Career Researcher award, implementing some of the initiatives from this project into Bristol schools' and Early Years' contexts. I am now working with a multi-disciplinary team at UWE and the University of Zululand funded by the a British Academy Tackling Global Challenges award. We have designed and are implementing a mobile phone app that aims to support teachers and student teachers in rural and township schools in South Africa with the teaching of comprehension.

I am also working on a funded project exploring the use of science literary texts in schools and another longer term project researching the impact of the BR@P reading intervention on children and student teachers who implement it. 


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