Rebecca Adderley

Lecturer in Education and Admissions Tutor

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 466310

Rebecca taught in primary schools for 21 years before moving to the University in 2010.

Since then she has worked as a teaching practice tutor on the Primary PGCE course and the BA Learning and Teaching (Primary QTS) top up. She has also taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Her research interests broadly relate to inclusion and inclusive education. More specifically she is interested in child voice and the participative research methods that can be used to access child voice.


Research Interests

  • Child voice and participatory research methods
  • Teaching and teaching approaches which support inclusive practice
  • Ability grouping
  • Inclusion


Journal article

Adderley R J, Hope M A, Hughes G C, Jones L, Messiou K and Shaw P A, 'Exploring Inclusive Practices in Primary Schools: Focusing on Children’s Voices', European Journal of Special Needs Education, DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2014.964580 (2014)

Papers presented

Adderley R J, Dunhill A and Dean C, 'Listening to the Voices of Children: Using Participatory Research to Assist the Exploration of Inclusion and Exclusion within Four Educational Settings' at the Contemporary Childhood Conference, University of Strathclyde (2016)

Adderley R J, 'Exploring Young Children’s Perspectives of Inclusive Education through the Use of Participatory Research Methods', keynote speech at the 3rd Semarang Early Childhood Research and Education Talks, State University of Semarang, Indonesia (2016)

Adderley R J and Shaw T, 'What about Me? An Exploration of Participative Tools to Engage with Students’ Views about Exclusion and Inclusion', at BERA, Queens University Belfast (2015)

Adderley R J and Shaw T, 'Exploring Inclusive Practices in Primary Schools: Focusing on Students’ Voices', at the University of Central Lancashire, ‘Children, Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation’ (2013)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings
  • Equality and Diversity in Learning Communities
  • Policy and Practice in Early Childhood Contexts (Hong Kong)
  • Dissertation (Hong Kong)

Research PhDs

Rebecca welcomes applications in the fields of child voice and participatory research methods; teaching and teaching approaches which support inclusive practice; ability grouping; and inclusion.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Elizabeth Walker (as second supervisor)
  • Charlotte Dean (as second supervisor)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BEd (Hons), University of Nottingham
  • MEd, University of Hull
  • PhD, University of Hull

External roles

  • Member of the British Education Research Association
  • Reviewer for the Indonesian Journal of Early Childhood Education Studies