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Dr Wendy Messenger

MA Education Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855329


Following a successful teaching career in Early Years, Primary and Special Education, Wendy has been involved with a range of undergraduate and post graduate courses at the University of Worcester including the Foundation Degree in Learning Support, BA Education Studies, BA Professional Practice, and PGCE Primary Initial Teacher Education and is currently Course Leader for MA Education.

Wendy has had key roles in national and international projects, including the role of regional coordinator for the ‘Behaviour for Learning’ (TDA funded) 2004-2007 project, and as a research team member for the European project (Comenius funded) entitled ‘Professional Resources in Early Childhood Intervention: online utilities and standards’ (PRECIOUS) 2008-2010.

Wendy’s research interests lie in the field of inter-professional working and in special and inclusive education. She is currently the Director of Studies for a PhD Studentship entitled; ‘A Evaluation of SENCo Perceptions of the implementation of Education Health and Care Plans’



B.Ed Westhill College of Higher Education, Birmingham 1979

M.Ed. (Special Education) University of Birmingham 1994

Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education. University of Worcester. 2004. Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods. University of Worcester. 2007

PhD (Education) University of Worcester 2013. The influence of professional cultures on collaborative working in Children’s Centres.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests
Special and Inclusive Education
Positive approaches to managing behaviour
Professional practice
Educational research

Research Interests

Inclusive practice
Professional identity and culture
Professionalism within the Education workforce
Interprofessional working

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

European Early Childcare and Education Research Association.

Staff and Educational Development Association.



Recent Publications

Messenger, W. (2010) ‘Training to Manage in Multi-Agency Working’ in Reed, M. and Canning, N. (eds.) Reflective Practice in Early Years. London: Sage.

Messenger, W. (2009) ‘Interpersonal Skills of the Teacher’ in Neville, L. (ed.) Interpersonal Skills for the People Professions: Learning from Practice. Reflect Press: 15-32.

Robertson, C and Messenger, W (2010) Early Childhood Intervention in the United Kingdom: Family, Needs, Standards & Challenges’ in Special Addition of International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education. Volume 2, Issue 2 (Special Issue) September.

Robertson, C. and Messenger, W. (2010) ‘Evaluating and Enhancing the Quality of Provision in Early Childhood Intervention: Exploring some European perspectives’, International EXEDRA Journal Special Edition: Internationalisation of Higher Education, September edition

Nolan, M., Mason, V,. Snow, S., Messenger., Catling, J., Upton, P. (2012) Making Friends at Antenatal Classes: A Qualitative Exploration of Friendship Across the Transition to Motherhood. The Journal of Perinatal Education Summer 2012. Vol 12 number 3.

Messenger, W (2013) Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: owning, loaning and sharing. European Early Childhood and Education Research Association Journal. Vol 21


Messenger, W. (2012) The Influence of Professional Cultures on integrated working in Children’s Centres EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association). 29th August, Tallinn, Estonia.

Messenger, W. (2012) The struggle of data analysis for a Practitioner Researcher within the context of praxeology. EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) 31st August. Porto, Portugal.

Messenger,W, (2012) Who owns Knowledge? An examination of how knowledge is perceived and shared between different professionals working with vulnerable children and families in Children’s Centres (Keynote). University of Northampton Post Graduate Research Conference. 3rd May. Northampton.

Messenger, W. (2012) The Struggle of Data Analysis for a Practitioner Researcher. British Early Childhood Education Research Conference (BECERA) 16th February, Birmingham.

Messenger, W. (2011) Different Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: incompatible bedfellows? University of Worcester, Institute of Education Research Conference. 10th May. Worcester.

Messenger, W. (2011) Data Analysis: an alternative approach towards swimming rather than drowning. BECERA Conference 2nd February. Birmingham.

Messenger, W. (2010) Professional Cultures and Professional Knowledge: owning, loaning and sharing. EECERA. 8th September. Birmingham.

Messenger, W. (2009) The Impact of Collaborative Working on Professional Identity in Children’s Centres. EECERA 27th August. Strasbourg.

Messenger, W. (2009) Working with Other Professionals in Early Childhood Intervention. National Symposium, Early Childhood Intervention, 29th October. Eskesehir, Turkey.

Messenger, W. & Somervell, H. (2008) Researching Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs – A review of current practice. Health and Well-Being Research Conference, University of Worcester. 27th February, Worcester.

Messenger, W. (2007) The development of a post graduate certificate in integrated children’s services. The Higher Education Role in Integrated Children’s Services, ESCALATE Conference. 25th November. Manchester.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Roles

Chair of Governors at a First School


External examiner for the following courses;

2009-2012 University of the West of England Secondary Lifelong Learning including MA and BA courses.

2006-2009 University of Dundee BA Professional Development (Early Childhood Studies).

2004-2007 University of Northampton Certificate in Higher Education Supporting Learners.