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Dr Naomi McLeod


After many years of teaching across Early Years and Key Stage 1 and as a Deputy Head teacher, Naomi led Early Childhood and the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Early Years Teacher Education programme at Liverpool Hope University. Most recently Naomi is at Liverpool John Moores University teaching across Early Childhood and Education Studies and leading the MA in International Approaches to Early Childhood Education. Her doctorate focused on developing pedagogical participation for young children, and critical reflection as a tool for Continued Professional Development for early childhood educators across the sector. This focus on valuing children as agents of change continues to be a research interest evident in her published work and in the working partnerships she has developed with educators and creative professionals in the field of Early Years, creativity and participation. Naomi has recently completed a project working with children and family curators at Tate Liverpool nurturing a sense of self using philosophical enquiry and artwork as a provocation. She is currently leading a team of co-authors from Sweden, Finland and New Zealand writing a book entitled ‘Empowering Early Childhood Educators: International Approaches as Provocation’ which will be published in the new year.


University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, Ed.D, Early Childhood Education
University of Liverpool,, United Kingdom, M.Sc, Education
University of Liverpool (St Katharine’s College) (Now Liverpool Hope University), united Kingdom, B.Ed Honours, University of Liverpool (St Katharine’s College

Academic appointments

Programme Lead for MA International Approaches to ECE / Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Education Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present


Journal Articles

McLeod N, N., Wright, D, McCall K, Fuji FM, McLeod NJ. 2018. Patterns and Rhythms: Facilitating young children’s engagement at Tate Liverpool. l. European Early Childhood Educational Research Journal., 26

McLeod N. 2015. Reflecting on reflection: improving teachers’ readiness to facilitate participatory learning with young children Professional Development in Education, 41 :254-272 >DOI

McLeod N. 2011. Exploring Early Years educators' ownership of language and communication knowledge and skills: a review of key policy and initial reflections on Every Child a Talker and its implementation Education 3-13, 39 :429-445 >DOI

McLeod NJ, Wright D, McCall K, Fujii M. Visual rhythms: facilitating young children’s creative engagement at Tate Liverpool European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, >DOI


Gallard D, Daly A, Wood P, McLeod N. 2016. Transitions for people alongside process: the journey of SPARK to Open Journal


McLeod NJ. 2016. Education as a philosophical endeavour. In: Philosophy for children in teacher education: Creating the conditions for learning Routledge 978-1-315-64031-0

Rodrigues S, McLeod NJ. The Reflective Teacher Handbook for Teacher Education Rotterdam: Sense Publishers 978-94-6209-693-6

Engagement & Impact


Fellowship title: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: Higher Education Academy