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Mrs Kat Cartmell

Biography

Kat is currently the Programme Leader for Education Studies and Early Years.

With a background firmly cemented within the discipline of Psychology, Kat has worked within Education and Educational settings for many years in a variety of roles. Varying from teaching within secondary schools/sixth forms, FE Colleges and a number of Universities. Additionally, prior to this, she has undertaken teaching and learning support within primary and secondary schools, pastoral care roles or has worked within the area of special educational needs across the sector. Finally, carrying out all these roles whilst simultaneously being an active school Governor has enabled Kat to form a thorough understanding of life within the classroom: including the impact of political ideologies and the changing dynamics of philosophies within educational settings. Furthermore, it has helped her to implement and drive forward new (and sometimes old) policies into school settings whilst attempting to ensure the children’s and staff’s perspectives were listened to.

Teaching Specialties:
Psychology within Education and Childhood
Child Development
Differential Development
Research Methodologies
Meeting the needs of Children
Safeguarding & supporting Children and Families

Research Interests:
Kat’s passion is in finding ways to ensure every child, young person or adult can access the Education they need, which means understanding why individuals may disengagement from it in the first place. For example, she has carried out research with Gypsy, Roma Traveller communities, children with SEND, and with children & young people with mental health concerns in an attempt to unravel what they perceive to be barriers within their learning journeys.

Her most recent research ethnographically investigated the ‘Starting School’ transition to understand how children learn and respond to the idea of becoming a ‘school child’, and it also drew on the parents perspectives of their own changing roles and the discourse that is provided for them by society. This has allowed Kat to gain a full understanding of Educational transitions across the sector as she has already carried out research into the Primary to Secondary transition and the Secondary to FE and FE to HE transitions.

Finally, Kat is keen to research the use of children’s voices within school environments and is currently designing some research that will investigate the notion of children’s rights and how these can be supported within schools.

Publications

Highlighted publications

Cartmell KM, Newton H, Masocha S. 2014. Experiment in Open Peer Review for Books suggest increased fairness and transparency in Review Process

Gallard D, Cartmell K. 2014. Psychology and Education (Foundations of Education Studies) London: Routledge

Cartmell KM. 2011. Educational Transitions within the UK: What is known and what needs to be investigated? The Psychology of Education Review, 35 :27-32

Cartmell KM. 2008. The Role and the Place of Psychology in Higher Education Psychology Teaching Review, 14 :7-10

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Cartmell KM. 2014. Socially constructing the ‘starting school’ transition within England BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference

Cartmell KM. 2014. Socially constructing the ‘starting school’ transition: how and why do children and families use the available child development discourse? BPS Developmental Psychology Annual Conference

Cartmell KM. 2010. 'Starting School' within the UK: What are children's experiences of their first year of formal schooling? BPS Developmental Psychology Annual Conference

Cartmell KM. 2010. Learning to adapt to formal schooling: What are children’s experiences of their first year? BPS Psychology of Education Annual Conference

Cartmell KM. 2010. ‘You just have to learn to adapt’ – Parents perceptions and experiences of their child starting school. BPS Psychology of Education Annual Conference

Cartmell KM. 2009. An Ethnographic Journey through the 'Starting School' Transition within the UK BPS Psychology of Education Annual Conference

Piracha Z, Cartmell KM, Gawthorpe C. 2008. Learning Landscapes in the 21st Century University of Central Lancashire Research Festival

Cartmell KM, Pope D. 2008. ‘Settling into High School: Factors Affecting the Transition from Primary to Secondary School’ British Psychological Society Annual Conference

Internet Publications

Cartmell KM, Newton H, Masocha S. 2014. Experiment in Open Peer Review for Books suggest increased fairness and transparency in Review Process

Books

Gallard D, Cartmell K. 2014. Psychology and Education (Foundations of Education Studies) London: Routledge

Journal Articles

Cartmell KM. 2012. Success with your Education Research Project International Journal of Early Years Education, 19 :180-200

Cartmell KM. 2011. Educational Transitions within the UK: What is known and what needs to be investigated? The Psychology of Education Review, 35 :27-32

Cartmell KM. 2008. A Students view of the Developmental Annual Conference Developmental Psychology Forum, 69 :13-14

Cartmell KM. 2008. SMG Annual Conference 2008 Psych Talk, :7-16

Cartmell KM. 2008. 'Why Do You Do That'? Tourette Syndrome in Children and Young People Pastoral Care in Education, 3 :197-202

Cartmell KM. 2008. Understanding School Refusal Pastoral Care in Education, 26 :297-301

Cartmell KM. 2008. The Role and the Place of Psychology in Higher Education Psychology Teaching Review, 14 :7-10

Cartmell KM. To Participate or not to Participate: What is the real difference? Education and Ethnography,

Posters

Cartmell KM. 2009. Reviewing Educational Transitions: moving from the Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1 University of Huddersfield Research Festival

Engagement & Impact

External committees:

Committee name: Psychology of Education Section, Organisation: British Psychological Society, Position: Treasurer

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Graduate, British Psychological Society