Staff Profile:Helen Bilton

Name:
Mrs Helen Bilton
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

 University Responsibilities:

  • Senior Tutor.
  • Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning Facilities.
  • Sub Committee on Student Support.
  • National Teaching Fellow 2012.

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/contacts/detail/ntfs/2012/Bilton_Helen_profile_NTFS_2012

  • Chair, University Teaching Fellows Community of Practice.
  • Early Career Teaching Fellow 2011.
  • Member of Senate 2012.

Main Responsibilities at the Institute:

  • Senior Tutor.
  • PGCE Primary Module Leader (Professional Studies).
  • PGCE Primary Module Leader (Special Study).
  • School Supervision.

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Newcastle.
  • PGCE (3-8 years), University of Reading.
  • MA Educational Studies, University of Surrey.

Teaching:

  • PGCE Primary -Professional Studies.
  • PGCE Primary -Special Study.
  • Occasional teaching: BA(Ed), BA CDL, SENco, SD.
  • NQT Conference.
Areas of Interest:
  • Early Years Education- 3,4,5 year olds.
  • Outdoor play and provision for the Early Years and Primary.
  • The environment for learning and teaching.
  • Playtime, break time, recess -making it more successful for children, staff, teaching and learning.
  • Support staff (nursery, primary and secondary) - roles and responsibilities in the class and at break times.
  • Oral Language development in the outdoor environment.
  • Children interacting with staff outside.
  • Gender- boys and girls in class and outside, interests and control of the environment.
  • Behaviour Management- individual class management and whole school approach.

Masters and PhD/EdD supervision offered in these areas:

  • Early Years Education- 3,4,5 year olds.
  • Outdoor play and provision for the Early Years and Primary.
  • The environment for learning and teaching.
  • Playtime, break time, recess -making it more successful for children, staff, teaching and learning.
  • Support staff (nursery, primary and secondary) - roles and responsibilities in the class and at break times.
  • Oral Language development in the outdoor environment.
  • Children interacting with staff outside.
  • Gender- boys and girls in class and outside, interests and control of the environment.
  • Behaviour Management- individual class management and whole school approach.

Current and recent Research Projects:

  • 2012-13 Faculty Research Enterprise Fund (RETF) University of Reading £601 to gather data on outdoor facilities and staff attitudes and behaviours.
  • 2011- present PhD research - Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor facilities and staff attitudes and behaviours.
  • 2009-10 Faculty Research Enterprise Fund (RETF) University of Reading £1250 pump priming money to explore: What types of interactions staff and children have outside in early years settings where there are tricycles and where outside play is for a set period of time.
  • 2011-11 Investigation gender and playtime: To what extent are there gender differences in the school playground?
  • 2008-9 Joint with Elizabeth McCrum Personalised learning for school students with SEN: Ensuring ITT staff and trainees understand the needs of SEN learners. TDA funded SEN research.

Enterprise activity; external roles and consultancy:

  • Consultancy and keynote speaker -Early Years Outdoor Teaching and Learning Environment.
  • Service School placements for PGCE Primary and EYFS trainees.
  • External Examiner Bath Spa PGCE part-time .
  • Member - British Education Research Association (BERA).
  • Member - Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators (TACTYC).
  • Reviewer for various journals.
  • Reviewer for National Teaching Fellowship Scheme .
Research groups / Centres:

Equity, Inclusion and Improvement Research Group

Recent Publications:
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Books:

  • Bilton, H. (2014) Playing Outside. Activities, Ideas and Inspiration for the Early Years. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415604802/

  • Bilton, H. (2013). 'Miss, can I have a bike?' In S. Featherstone. Getting Ready for Phonics. L is for Sheep London: Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Previous edition 2006.
  • Bilton, H. (2013). 'Setting the scene for child-initiated learning out of doors'. In S. Featherstone. Supporting Child-Initiated Learning. Like Bees, Not Butterflies. London: Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Previous edition 2008.
  • Bilton, H. (2012). 'The type and frequency of interactions that occur between staff and children outside in Early Years Foundation Stage settings during a fixed playtime period when there are tricycles' available European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 20, 3 403-421. doi: 10.1080/1350293X.2012.704763.
  • Bilton, H. (2010). Outdoor Learning in the Early Years. Management and Innovation. 3rd edition, London: Routledge.
  • Bilton, H (ed) (2005). Learning Outdoors. Improving the quality of children's play outdoors, London: David Fulton Publishers.

Conference Presentations:

  • Bilton, H. (2013, March). University of Reading Presentation to Senate on my work with regard to National Teaching Fellowship award.
  • Bilton, H. (2011, September). The type and frequency of interactions that occur between staff and children outside in Early Years Foundation Stage settings during a fixed playtime period when there are tricycles. Paper presented at the 2011 British Educational Research Association Conference, London.
  • Bilton, H. (2010, September). The challenges of working outside with young children and strategies for overcoming these. Paper presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research Conference, Athens.
  • Bilton, H. (2010, September). Benefits afforded to children of playing and working in the early years outdoor environment. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association, Warwick.
  • Bilton, H. (2010, November). The impact on trainee teachers of placements in SEN schools during the PGCE Primary year. Paper presented at the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Annual Conference, Leicestershire.
  • Bilton, H. (2010, September). The impact on trainee teachers of placements in SEN schools during the PGCE Primary year. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, Warwick.

 

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Contact Details

Email:
h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 2683

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