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Sally Neaum

01642 738640
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Education
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Sally Neaum

Dr Sally Neaum has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, an early years and inclusion advisory teacher and an OFSTED inspector of early years provision. 

In higher education, Sally has been involved in assessing Early Years Professional Status and teaching and tutoring students on initial teacher training programmes. She currently teaches a number of undergraduate modules on early literacy and inclusion and diversity. Sally also teaches on a range of post- graduate programmes and is an academic supervisor at both masters and doctoral level. 

Sally has a masters degree in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy. Sally has published a number of books on child development, early literacy and children’s literature. Her current area of research is children’s engagement with literacy practices.



Neaum, S. (2017) Becoming a Reader and Writer. Looking after Literacy in the Early Years. In, Walker-Gleaves, C., Waugh, D. (2017) Looking after Literacy. London. Sage.

Neaum S. (2017) What Comes Before Phonics? London. Sage.

Neaum, S. (2016) School readiness and the pedagogies of Competence and Performance. International Journal of Early Years Education 24: 3 239-253

Waugh D., Neaum S., Waugh R. (2016) 2nd Ed Children’s Literature in Primary School. London. Sage

Neaum, S. (2016) 3rd Ed Child Development for Early Childhood Students and practitioners.  London. Sage

Neaum S., Walters R. (2016) Early Years. In Hansen A. (2016) Primary Professional Studies. London: Sage

Waugh D., Neaum S., Bushnell A. (2015) Beyond Early Writing. St. Albans. Critical Publishing

TACTYC (2014) Reflections paper. Continuing Professional Development for Teaching Assistants: encouraging competence or ensuring performance.

Waugh D., Neaum S. (2013) Eds. Beyond Early Reading. St. Albans. Critical Publishing.

Neaum S. (2012) Communication Language and Literacy in the Early Years. London. Sage.

Neaum S., Tallack J. (1997) Good Practice in Implementing the Pre-school Curriculum. Cheltenham. Nelson Thornes

Beaver M., Brewster Jones P., Keene A., Neaum S., Tallack J. (1995) Babies and Young Children. Cheltenham. Nelson Thornes 

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