Mandy Pierlejewski, Senior Lecturer

Mandy Pierlejewski

Senior Lecturer

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.

Current Teaching

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.

Research Interests

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.

Mandy Pierlejewski, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Pierlejewski M (2017) Constructing and maintaining data doppelgangers: rethinking early years assessment in England. In: Discourse Unit Global Seminar, 29 June 2017 - 30 June 2017, The University of Manchester.

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  • Pierlejewski M (2019) Even more tests for most tested children in the world.

  • Olusoga Y; Pierlejewski M (2018) Bold beginnings or black holes? The encroachment of summative assessment into the reception curriculum.

  • Pierlejewski M (2018) Ofsted want to introduce more formal teaching practices-this is a potential disaster for children’s learning.