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Ms Vanessa Young

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Teacher Education and Development

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922427

Profile summary

I have been working at CCCU since 1991. Before coming to CCCU,  I taught in primary schools for 10 years and then worked in the Kent Advisory Service as a Staff Development Coordinator. My specialist subject is music and I teach across the whole range of our ITE programmes as well as being involved in music CPD. In the last few years, my attention has included focus on the early years in music, including babyrooms and Nurseries. 

I have a wide range of interests. With a strong belief in the importance of cross-phase education, for 10 years I was programme director for the PGCE 7-14 and continue to work on the programme to promote this aim. I also have a particular interest in the curriculum and the aims and ideologies of education and am the South East Region Coordinator for the Cambridge Primary Review working with Professor Robin Alexander.

During 2005-9, I was a member of the core team acting in consultancy and collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry to develop a Primary Education Degree. This highly successful project involved frequent visits to Malaysia to work with tutors and students. Since then I have continued my work with Malaysian students studying for a BEd TESL back in the UK. I also have extensive experience in staff development and after creating a Staff Development Committee in the Education Faculty, was its chair for over 15 years, building on my Staff Development Coordinator role for Kent LEA.  I have had a number of external examining posts over the last 12 years was External Assessor for the ABRSM (Associated Board Royal Society of Music) Cerificate and Diploma in teaching courses for a number of years. I am currently on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Music Education.

Research and knowledge exchange

My writing and research has mainly focused on aspects of teacher development, especially in the field of music. I have written a number of chapters in these areas for current academic texts.  I have also carried out research and published papers on teaching styles in instrumental and vocal tuition.

In my capacity as Cambridge Primary Review (CPR) Regional Coordinator for the South East, I am currently leaading a team of staff involved in facilitating school action research projects related to the CPR. With the Programme director of the PGCE 7-14 programme, I was involved in disseminating our work on promoting an integrated partnership model for students in ITE through presentations at a range of internal and external conferences.

Recently I have been involved in the Babysong Project funded by the Ragdoll Assosication, and a number of publications and consultancies have come out of this work. 

Teaching and subject expertise

My key area of subject expertise is music education and I teach across a whole range of initial teacher education courses both undergraduate and post graduate. I am also involved in Continuting Professional Development for practising teachers in this area. I am a long-standing member of NAME (National Association of Music Educators) - now Music Mark. I am also on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Music Education. I was co-editor of the magazine for teachers Primary Music Today for a number of
years. I initiated a music teacher development group called 'Joining the Dots' involving a range of  'partners' from many aspects of music education including teachers, consultants and animateurs. In addition to music,

Beyond music, I have developed expertise in the important field of teacher education known as professional studies, with particular interests in the aims and ideologies of education and the effects on curricula. In my role as Coordinator for the CPRT (Cambridge Primary Review Trust), I am working with a group of local schools on exemplifying the aims and priorities of the CPRT. 

External activities

I am the South East Region Coordinator for the Cambridge Primary Review working with Professor Robin Alexander on a n ational level and with a group of schools locally to implement and exemplify the aims and priorities of the CPR. I have made a number of conference presentations on this in the SE Region. 

During 2005-9, I was a member of the core team acting in consultancy and collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry to develop a Primary Education Degree. This highly successful project involved frequent visits to Malaysia to work with tutors and students. Since then I have continued my work with Malaysian students studying for a BEd TESL back in the UK.

Recently I have been involved in the Babysong Project funded by the Ragdoll Assosication, and a number of publications and consultancies have come out of this work. I am a member of HEITE Music - a professional group addressing national issues in relation to ITE and HEI involvement in Music


I have had a number of external examining posts over the last 12 years was External Assessor for the ABRSM (Associated Board Royal Society of Music) Cerificate and Diploma in teaching courses for a number of years. I am currently on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Music Education.

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