Prior to joining MMU in 2008 I taught in the Early Years and Key Stage One in Birmingham for ten years. The majority of my work to date at MMU has been centred around Teacher Education. I am passionate about Early Years practice and currrently lead and teach on the Early Years Educator unit within the Childhood Studies Degree.
BSc Psychology Degree (Birmingham University)
Primary PGCE (Westhill College)
MA in Education (Manchester Metropolitan University)
My research is broadly focused on children and families, with particular interest in narrative, voice and spaces including Sure Start centres, Forest Schools and more recently Manchester Art Gallery. I am currently in the process of writing and co-editing 'Critical Issues in Forest Schools', due to be published by Sage in 2019. The book explores some of the existing tensions in Forest School provision in the UK.
Research Projects and Conference Papers
Jones , L, Holmes, R & Davenport H (2013) Chattering Nineteen to the Dozen An Action Research Project led by Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with three combined Bradford Early Years Children’s Centres/Nursery Schools and three Bradford Primary Schools.
Davenport H (2009) Reflecting on the process of ‘Reaching Out’ to deprived families and children with community outreach workers in an urban community in the north of England paper presented at EECERA conference 2009 Chair John Powell.
M. Sackville-Ford Critical Issues in Forest Schools. H. Davenport.
H. Davenport (2012). Clipboards and cups of tea: two women’s narrative constructions of professional identity in Sure Start outreach work. Early Years. 32(3), pp.277-287.
HE. Davenport (2012). Reflective journals and portfolios. In: Reflective Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools 9780857257697. Learning Matters,