Research at Leeds Beckett
About Mandy Pierlejewski
Mandy Pierlejewski is course leader for BA Honours Primary Education 3-7, QTS and a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Leeds Beckett University.
Mandy completed a BA in English Language and Literature at Newcastle University, followed by a PGCE at Liverpool University. Following this she worked as a primary school teacher in Manchester and Stockport for 14 years. She taught EYFS and KS1 moving from class teacher to Head of Early Years in a number of schools. Her department was graded "outstanding" in all areas by Ofsted in 2008. In addition to her work as a class teacher and EYFS leader, Mandy also worked for Manchester Local Authority as an Advanced Skills Teacher from 2009-2013. As a specialist early years AST, Mandy supported colleagues in a number of schools to raise standards.
In 2014, Mandy moved into higher education, teaching BA Childhood Studies at Stockport College. She followed this with a move to University of Manchester where she worked as a lecturer. Mandy worked in partnership with Teach First as a university tutor, supporting participants in their schools and teaching on university based study days. Her specialist subjects were English and EYFS. Mandy also worked as the Teach First lead tutor for Child Development, planning and delivering content at the National Teach First Summer Institute.
In 2016, after achieving a Masters in Education, Mandy moved to Leeds Beckett University as a Senior Lecturer and course leader for the BA Primary Education 3-7 degree.
Mandy currently leads the BA Honours Primary Education 3-7 degree. Her role includes leading and developing the course, developing the staff team and teaching and mentoring students. She teaches across the whole course, specialising in the EYFS curriculum.
Mandy is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education. Her research focuses on the professional identity of the EYFS teacher and how this has evolved within the current political context. She hopes to explore the impact of surveillance within the school system on EYFS teacher identity. She has also contributed to a paper with her colleagues Professor Damien Page and Dr Steve Burton on simulation in the early years which explores the use of data to fabricate children.
In addition to these areas of research, Mandy is also currently writing about the professionalization of the early years workforce, focusing on the struggles of part time early years students to engage with their education.