Sophie May

Sophie May

Lecturer/ Lead for the Foundation Year in Primary Teaching / Academic Support Tutor

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Sophie May taught in primary schools in challenging circumstances in Hull, leading both literacy and special educational needs for 15 years, before working with adult learners in further education.

She joined the University of Hull in 2015 after working on collaborative programmes in partner colleges focused on early childhood education.



Research Interests

  • Children's early reading behaviours

  • Trainee teacher confidence in systematic synthetic phonics in the primary school



Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Introduction to Primary Teaching (Foundation Year Primary Teaching)

  • Integrated Core Subjects (BA Learning and Teaching top-up programme)

  • Professional Practice (Foundation Year Primary Teaching)

  • Theories of How Children Learn (BA Primary Teaching)

  • The Core Curriculum (BA Primary Teaching)

  • Core English (BA Primary Teaching)

  • English Learning and Teaching (PGCE)

Research PhDs

  • Children's early reading and writing

  • Phonics

  • Reading for enjoyment

  • Child voice and consent in settings/research

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellowship (2012)

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons (QTS) English, University of Hull(1995)

  • PGCHE, University of Hull (2012)

  • MA in Early Childhood Studies, University of Hull (2015)