Julie Sutton

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

Primary Education

Contact Details

email: j.sutton@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542085

Prior to joining the University as a sessional lecturer in 2005, Julie worked as a Primary school teacher, where she gained experience of teaching across the whole of the Primary age phase in a range of schools within Worcestershire. She quickly moved into management and held various leadership roles including senior teacher and acting deputy head teacher. In 2012, after several years combining working in schools and University, Julie made the transition to work permanently in HE as a Senior Lecturer in Education.

Her main subject specialism is Music and she has coordinated this subject in each of her teaching schools. She has led many music training sessions in Primary schools, pre-schools and nurseries as well as delivering lectures as part of the ECHO programme. In 1998 she formed her own music group for babies and toddlers and in 2003 the local Primary Inspectorate enrolled her to create a working party specifically to develop resources for Early Years settings. As an active member of the then Worcestershire Music Committee she became the Vocal Force coordinator for the County and led singing workshops in schools and other settings including the University.

Her desire to continue developing Music Education for all was fulfilled when she successfully developed a new integrated Masters degree for Music Education for which she is acting course leader. She is actively involved in different music organisations across the County and is currently the chairperson for the Music Education Hub Advisory Group and the Music Advisor for the Certificate in Music Education programme at the Elgar School of Music. As a pianist, percussion player and singer, Julie has performed with orchestras and choirs across the UK. She currently sings regularly with The Elgar Chorale in Worcester.

As well as being the Primary Music Lead for both the postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, Julie also teaches on the Postgraduate Pedagogy and Professional Practice course and has responsibility for Foundation Subjects across the Primary centre. Having been acting Primary Partnership manager and Placements Coordinator, she continues to play an active part in partnership, as a moderator and link tutor.

Julie is the Primary representative on the Institute Quality committee and the Academic Course Representative for the Primary centre.


  • MA (Merit)Education
  • B Ed (Hons) 2:1 Education and Music
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Key Stage 2 Music Continuing Professional Development Programme (Trinity Guildhall and OU)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research

Research Interests
Primary Music Education
Vocal Development in the Primary school
Developing the Creative Arts in the Primary School
Interdisciplinary Learning
Educational Leadership and Management

Teaching Interests
Primary Music
Primary Music Research
Primary Pedagogy and Professional Practice
Primary Foundation Subjects

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of NaPTEC
Member of Music Mark



Big Sing (2015, 2016, 2017). For the past three years Julie, together with Severn Arts, has been involved in organising the Big Sing, a singing workshop involving over 2,000 children from local schools.

The Armed Man (2017, 2014). Music Lead for University singers involved in Performance of Armed Man with children from local high schools, held in Worcester Cathedral.

Conference Presentations

Payne, J. (2009) Continuing Professional Development in the Primary Classroom: Towards a broader way of working within the Arts, with a particular focus on Music. 5th Annual ESCalate ITE Conference, Glyndwr University, Wrexham: Initial Teacher Education towards a new era

Payne, J. (2009), New Approaches to Primary Music in ITE. UCET Annual Conference 2009: New & Continuing Perspectives in Teacher Education

McKerr, L & Payne, J. (2011) The Vital Role of the Arts in the Development of the Childs Learning, Thinking and Social Skills. NSEAD International Conference, University of Chester: The Centrality of Art, Design and Performing Arts to Education

Externally funded projects:

Current: Principal Lead for Music Education Research; an externally funded project with Severn Arts.

Payne, J. (2011), The use of e-portfolios in teaching music: a project with ITE students, Teaching Development Agency (TDA) TiLT Research grant (£5000)

Payne, J., Savage, M. and Robinson, C. Training and Development Agency (2011) Using ICT to support Music Education Research Grant: Primary Music:
Wider Opportunities

Robinson, C., Payne, J., and Savage, M. Training and Development Agency (2011) Using ICT to support Music Education Research Grant: Primary Music: Singing

External Responsibilities

Other External Roles

External Examiner and External Moderator for Marjon University, Plymouth
Chairperson of Music Education Hub Advisory Group
Advisor for Trinity Guildhall School of Music Certificate in Music Education
Governor for local school in Worcestershire
Committee member for Elgar Chorale
STEM ambassador

Internal Roles

Primary representative for Institute Quality Committee
Academic Course Representative for Primary Centre

In-Service Training / CPD

Academic Course Leadership
Team Leadership Certificate
Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership in Education
EPICT E-safety facilitator training