I completed my BA Hons degree specialising in Economics and Politics at The University of Wolverhampton. I then progressed to a PGCE in Primary Education.
Over 10 years, I worked in a range of primary schools across the West Midlands teaching across the primary age phase. My roles included, primary teacher, Maths Lead teacher SENco and in my final school I was a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I then moved into Initial Teacher Training working at Newman University for nine years. Here I specialised in early years and primary mathematics and became early years lead tutor within the School of Education. It was at Newman that I completed my MEd which focused on the effectiveness of a PGCE in preparing trainees for their NQT year.
I joined University College Birmingham in 2011. Here, I have specialised in Childhood Studies and teaching in Initial Teacher Education with a specific focus on mathematics and pedagogical principles in teaching and learning.
My role has developed that I now programme manage the PGLTVS qualification for staff new to teaching in higher education.
Research for Enquiry (L5)
Children’s Voice (L6)
Research Methods and Ethics (L7)
Professional Practice (L7)
Professional Development (L7)
Research Interests and Scholarly Activity
Reel and Davies (2011) Enquiry Based Learning. TEAN Vol 3, No1.
Trodd, L. (ed.) (2016) The Early years Handbook for students and practitioners: An essential guide for the foundation degree L4 and 5. London: Routledge. (Contributory book chapter)
Reel, D. & Smith, N. (2020) Children and Teachers as Researchers in Action. Childhood Education Innovations. Nov-Dec pp61-65
Randall, V. Reel, D. & Smith, N. (2020) Teachers and Young Researchers in Action: Working Together to Transform Practice. London: Routledge.
External Examiner at London Metropolitan University - Early Childhood Studies.