I spent twenty years as a classroom teacher and for the most part, I was a senior manager in primary schools with responsibility for the Early Years Foundation stage. I now work as a Partnership Tutor on an Initial Teacher Education training programme for students training to work in primary schools. I ensure schools are supported in providing outstanding school based training with a focus not only on Quality Assurance but also on Quality Development. In addition to working with schools, I worked with various early years settings training EYITT students to quality assure and develop effective partnerships.
Beyond my Partnership Tutor role, I have taught on the BA, PGCE and School Direct ITT programmes. I have also taught on the BA Early Years and Childhood Studies degree.
Whilst working at Manchester Metropolitan University, I have worked on Four Erasmus+ projects. They are:
• TEACH Project, Serbia Harmonization of Preschool Teacher Education Curricula in Serbia
• TEACHER Project ,Bosnia and Herzegovina innovating of preschool teacher education study programs through introduction of competence-based curricula
• Reflect Lab, Germany Supporting lecturers in applying inquiry based learning
• Papyrus, UK Raising the quality and standard of Youth Worker training for supporting young refugees
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)
• MA Education Studies, Distinction – Manchester Metropolitan University - 2015
• PGCE, Liverpool University – 1994
• BA International Relations, 2:1 – Staffordshire University – 1988
• I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Education with a focus on early years practice in schools.
• Giardiello, P, Hargreaves, A Leydon, G (2019) Te Whāriki in Naomi, M, Giardiello, P (ed). Empowering Early Childhood Educators
• Leydon, G (2019) ‘The Birth of the Early Years Asylum’ BERA Conference 2019 University of Manchester, UK 10th September 2019 – 12th September
• Leydon, G (2019) ‘The Birth of the Early Years Asylum’ Children and Childhood’s conference 2019 University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK 16th and 17th July
• Geraldine Leydon (2016) Letter from... Manchester UK Early Education vol. 60 Spring / Summer 2016 pp 4-5
• Geraldine Leydon (2018) Best Practice in Early Years Education; securing the best life chances for young children https://www.wcmt.org.uk/sites/default/files/report-documents/Leydon%20G%20Report%202016%20Final.pdf
Winston Churchill Fellow 2018
In 2016, I was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. I travelled to Germany and New Zealand to observe and discuss research into the B.A.S.E® Babywatching programme. Babywatching is a teacher-led programme designed to enable children to access their empathy through observing a parent and baby and experiencing how a secure attachment relationship develops.
Later that summer, I travelled throughout New Zealand to explore the early years Te Whāriki curriculum in action. I visited many diverse settings including Kindergartens, Higher Education Institutions, Kindergarten association head offices and spoke to parents about their experiences of the Te Whāriki curriculum.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)