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Biography

Director of Student Support and Retention with responsibility for the student experience through effective management of the School's Academic Integrity and Fitness to Practice Processes and to work with the Progress Tutors to improve retention and progression of students. I joined the University in 2004 and my first task was to design and implement the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years. This role and course were absolutely key to the current suite of successful early years programmes we offer, not only at Huddersfield but with partners in Oldham, Barnsley and Wakefield. To build this suite of programmes has required me to work closely with a number of external agencies including CWDC, Local Authorities, FE Colleges, Schools, early years settings and an expanding team of tutors.I have been instrumental in growing the course from the first cohort of 25 students to more than 500 students and providing opportunities for many non-traditional students to access Higher Education. Testimony from the Local Authorities and many settings shows that these students are also practitioners who make a significant and positive difference to lives of children. I still teach many modules on these courses and retain lead responsibility for the course to ensure quality and equality across the provision.

Prior to joining the University I taught for ten years in a range of settings including Primary School, Pre-School and FE College.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Professionalisation of the Early Years workforce
  • Children’s physical development
  • Leadership in early childhood education and care

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early childhood education and care Social Sciences
physical development Social Sciences
planning Social Sciences
professionalization Social Sciences
post-graduate studies Social Sciences
leadership Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

planning
student
expert
learning

Observation, assessment and the planning cycle

McMahon, S. & Watson, L., 2019, Child Centred Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. London: SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, p. 31-46 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

observational method
planning

Planning for the prime areas of learning

McMahon, S. & McEvoy, J., 2019, Child Centred Planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. McMahon, S. & mcevoy, J. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, p. 49-58 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

planning
learning
physical development
emotional development
social development

Work-based practice: your next steps

McMahon, S. & Aspin, K., 20 Aug 2018, Advanced Work-Based Practice in the Early Years: A Guide for Students. McMahon, S. & Dyer, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 131-146 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

post-graduate studies
Teaching
qualification
website
career

Activities 2014 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation

Parents, Practitioners and the Professional Mandate

Samantha McMahon (Speaker)
31 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Listening to Practitioners: The Key to High Quality Inclusive Sustainable Practice in ECE

Samantha McMahon (Speaker), Nicola Firth (Speaker)
29 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

A Narrative Approach to Professional Identity

Mary Dyer (Speaker), Samantha McMahon (Speaker)
14 Aug 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk