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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.  I still teach many modules on these courses . Prior to joining the University I taught in  primary schools, pre-school and FE. 

Research Expertise and Interests

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

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Professionalisation early childhood
  • Leadership early childhood

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Research Output

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Activities

    • 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