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Ms Kimberly Safford

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (Primary)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • kimberly.safford

Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Education, and you can see my publications in Open Research Online: http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/ks6228.html

I work part-time at the OU and undertake research, consultancies and evaluations in my areas of interest and expertise. At the moment, I work with Hackney Learning Trust to evaluate their Daily Supported Reading and Destination Reader literacy progammes, and with the Cheltenham Literature Festival to evaluate its 'Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils' project. I enjoy writing book reviews and comment pieces for academic journals and professional publications. 

At the OU I am a member of the Primary Education Studies team. I co-authored the course 'Comparative and international studies in primary education' and co-edited the course reader published by Routledge, 'Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education'. I also supervise UK and international post graduate students.

My research in the UK has investigated the impact on primary school teachers of the grammar element of the statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG).  UKLA funded this study and the report is on their website https://ukla.org/research/projects/archived

Since 2013 I have worked with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and Plan International in Sierra Leone on the Learning Assistant programme, which promotes a school-based pathway into teaching for women in rural communities.  

I contribute to the OU's International Development and Teacher Education programmes in Africa and India, authoring collaboratively with academics and teachers:

  • Sierra Leone Girls Education Challenge
  • India Teacher Education through School-based Support (TESS India)
  • Malawi Keeping Girls in School / Access to Teaching Scholarships
  • Pan Africa Teaching Early Grade Reading
  • Ghana Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL)

You can read about these programmes here:

Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa (TESSA) http://www.tessafrica.net/

Sierra Leone Girls Education Challange http://www.open.ac.uk/about/international-development/ido-africa/development-programmes-africa/iglo

TESS India http://www.tess-india.edu.in/

I have also worked with colleagues on a British Council / EDT funded research project exploring the challenges and opportunities of English as the language of school instruction in Ghana and India. 

Before coming to the OU, I was Senior Lecturer in Primary English Education at Roehampton University. I was the research officer for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) in London, and carried out research with Creative Partnerships,  Wandsworth Ethnic Minority Achievement Service, King's College London Widening Participation programme, and National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC).  I was a primary school teacher in Lambeth and Wandsworth.

In a previous career, I worked for 20 years as a radio and television journalist in San Francisco, New York and London. 

Research interests

Teacher education, multilingual learners, English language.  

 

 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies

 

Externally funded projects

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead11/Oct/201830/Sep/2019Cheltenham Literature festival
This is the third year of an ongoing evaluation of a teacher professional development programme launched and sponsored by Cheltenham Festivals. The project supports groups of primary school teachers to use high quality children’s literature in their teaching and for their own enjoyment.

Publications

Teaching Grammar and Testing Grammar in the English Primary School: The Impact on Teachers and their Teaching of the Grammar Element of the Statutory Test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) (2016-03)
Safford, Kimberly
Changing English, 23(1) (pp. 3-21)
Barriers to blended digital distance vocational learning for non-traditional students (2016-01-08)
Safford, Kimberly and Stinton, Julia
British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(1) (pp. 135-150)
The ‘problem’ of bilingual children in educational settings: policy and research in England (2013)
Safford, Kimberly and Drury, Rose
Language and Education, 27(1) (pp. 70-81)
‘Give courage to the ladies’: expansive apprenticeship for women in rural Malawi (2013)
Safford, Kimberly; Cooper, Deborah; Wolfenden, Freda and Chitsulo, Joyce
Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 65(2) (pp. 193-207)
Linguistic capital of trainee teachers: knowledge worth having? (2010)
Safford, Kimberly and Kelly, Alison
Language and Education, 24(5) (pp. 401-414)
Does teaching complex sentences have to be complicated? Lessons from children's online writing (2009-10)
Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly
Literacy, 43(2) (pp. 118-122)
Teachers as readers: building communities of readers (2009-04)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
Literacy, 43(1) (pp. 11-19)
'The right book to the right child at the right time': Primary Teacher Knowledge of Children's Literature (2008-12)
Collins, Fiona and Safford, Kimberly
Changing English, 15(4) (pp. 415-422)
Reading in the middle years (9-11): including all children (2008-05)
Safford, Kimberly
Books for Keeps(170) (pp. 6-8)
‘I didn't speak for the first year’: silence, self-study and student stories of English language learning in mainstream education (2008)
Safford, Kimberly and Costley, Tracy
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2(2) (136 -151)
Speaking and listening: never a better time (2007-10)
Kelly, A.; Safford, K. and Montgomerie, D.
NATE Classroom(3) (pp. 20-22)
Language and Sport: exploring the field (2007-02)
Safford, K.; Kelly, A. and Montgomerie, D.
Primary English Magazine, 12(3) (pp. 11-15)
Creating contexts for talk: the influence of school-based creative arts projects on children's language (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and Barrs, Myra
English in Education, 41(2) (pp. 44-56)
Assessing second and additional languages across borders in Europe (2007)
Safford, Kimberly
NALDIC Quarterly, 4(1) (pp. 3-30)
Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for pleasure (2014)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona M.; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Creative Projects: Getting Parents Involved (2008)
O'Sullivan, Olivia and Safford, Kimberly
Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education | Published : London
Their learning becomes your journey: Parents respond to children’s work in creative partnerships (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and O'Sullivan, Olivia
Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary education | Published : UK
Creativty and Literacy - Many routes to meaning: Children’s language and literacy development in creative arts work (2005)
Safford, Kimberly and Barrs, Myra
ISBN : 1872267459 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Creative Partnerships | Published : UK
Boys on the Margin: Promoting boys’ literacy learning at Key Stage 2 (2004)
Safford, Kimberly; O'Sullivan, Olivia and Barrs, Myra
ISBN : 1872267-40-8 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education | Published : UK
Primary education: how and why to compare? (2018-07-16)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Safford, Kimberly and Chamberlain, Liz eds. Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education (pp. 9-19)
ISBN : 9780429958076 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
A reading for pleasure pedagogy (2014-06-26)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona M..; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberley eds. Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure (pp. 89-107)
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
'This is different writing': The world outside the classroom in children’s texts (2009-06)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Writing Under Control
ISBN : 978-0-415-48404-6 | Publisher : David Fulton
Reading differences, reading diversity (2008)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Reading Under Control (3rd edition) (pp. 14-25)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-461-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
The reading journey (2008)
Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Reading Under Control (3rd edition) (pp. 45-54)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-461-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Non-traditional students in Higher Education: English as an additional language and literacies (2005)
Leung, Constant and Safford, Kimberly
In: Street, Brian ed. Literacies Across Educational Contexts: Mediating learning and teaching (pp. 303-324)
ISBN : 0-9727507-3-8 | Publisher : Caslon | Published : Philadelphia, PA
Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education (2018-06)
Safford, Kimberly and Chamberlain, Liz eds.
ISBN : 978-1-138-48521-1 | Publisher : Routledge and the Open University | Published : Oxford
Small-Scale Research in Primary Schools: A Reader for Learning and Professional Development (2010)
Safford, Kimberly; Stacey, Mary and Hancock, Roger eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-58560-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Animating Literacy: Inspiring children’s learning through teacher and artist partnerships (2005)
Ellis, Sue and Safford, Kimberly eds.
ISBN : 1872267416 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Creative Partnerships | Published : UK
Many routes to meaning: children's language and literacy learning in creative arts projects. Section 4, Partnership Between Artists and Teachers: Structures and Processes (2008)
Safford, Kimberly
In : Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: A European and International Research Symposium (10-12 Jan 2007, Paris, France)
It takes a village to raise a teacher: the Learning Assistant programme in Sierra Leone (2017-05)
Crisp, Martin; Safford, Kimberly and Wolfenden, Freda
The Open University and Plan International
Moving towards more participatory practice with Open Educational Resources: TESS-India Academic Review (2017-05)
Wolfenden, Freda; Adinolfi, Lina; Cross, Simon; Lee, Clare; Paranjpe, Sandhya and Safford, Kimberly
The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Teaching grammar and testing grammar in the English primary school: The impact on teachers and teaching of the grammar element of the statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in England (2016-01)
Safford, Kimberly; Messer, David; McLachlan, Jill; Walker, Kim; Ghosh, Kerenza; Laird, Stephanie; Disney, Ann and Wright, Deborah
UKLA and The Open University
Teaching grammar and testing grammar in the English primary school: The impact on teachers and teaching of the grammar element of the statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in England (2015-09-30)
Safford, Kimberly; Messer, David; McLachlan, Jill and Walker, Kim
UKLA, London.
Teachers as readers: Building communities of readers (2009)
Cremin, T.; Mottram, M.; Collins, F.; Powell, S. and Safford, K.
UKLA, UK.
Assessment for learning: Working with pupils learning English as an Additional Language (2009)
Safford, Kimberly and Leung, Constant
NALDIC
EAL and English: subjects and language across the curriculum (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and Collins, Fiona
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, UK.
'I Try To Open My Ears': Experiences And Strategies Of Students Learning English As An Additional Language And Studying For Higher Education (2006)
Safford, Kimberly and Costley, Tracy
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Reading.
Teachers And Pupils In The Big Picture: Seeing Real Children In Routinised Assessment (2003)
Safford, Kimberly
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Reading.