Suzy Hails

Suzy Hails BA Hons

Senior Teaching Fellow in Primary Education

Suzy has been a Senior Teaching Fellow in Primary Education since April 2023.

Suzy began her career in education as a Teaching Assistant in a number of primary schools working mostly with children with SEND. During this time, Suzy completed a BA in Early Years Education at the University of Greenwich and subsequently trained as a primary school teacher on a School Direct route.

As a teacher, Suzy worked across all phases in a large primary school in Kent where she taught mostly in Key Stage 1. Here, she held various leadership roles including phonics and early reading, science and took a lead on staff wellbeing.

Suzy teaches across the Primary Education with QTS, Primary Education Studies, and Primary PGCE programmes. Early reading, phonics and music are her specialisms and she has a particular interest in children’s mental health within literacy development. Suzy has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing and holds a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Suzy will be studying for her MA in Philosophy of Education from September 2023.

Posts held previously

  • 2023 - 2014 Class teacher (including phonics and early reading lead, science lead)
  • 2014 - 2009 Teaching Assistant in Kent primary schools

Responsibilities within the university

  • School Experience tutor on the PGCE and other QTS programme routes
  • Teaching on Primary Education with QTS
  • Primary Education Studies
  • Primary PGCE courses

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Children’s mental health and self-esteem within literacy development
  • The place of emotion and imagination in learning
  • Early reading and language development