Dr Tim Lucas


Name: Dr Tim Lucas
Department: Early Years Education
Current position: Assistant Head of Early Years Education
Email: Tim.lucas@edgehill.ac.uk
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Tim is a qualified teacher and has both a master’s degree and doctorate in education. He worked for many years in primary schools holding senior leadership positions, including a period of headship. He is currently Assistant Head of Early Years Education having held leadership roles in university based and school-centred initial teacher education for over 17 years. His particular areas of expertise are early years education, primary education and initial teacher education. Tim is a registered OFSTED inspector working in both schools and ITE provision.


Tim works across all Early Years Undergraduate and Postgraduate QTS teaching routes alongside a range of Undergraduate Early Childhood Education and Early Years Foundation degree programmes.


  • Ed. D.
    University of Leeds
  • M. Ed.
    University of Leeds
  • B.Ed (Hons)
    University of Leeds


Research interests have centred around the teaching of the arts in schools; in art, working in close collaboration with local artists to provide students with ‘expert’ knowledge, in music; fostering composition activity in the primary school and early years settings. Tim also has a keen interest in Scandinavian Education Systems – the subject of his Doctoral thesis. Most recently he has been involved in research relating to the impact of a study visit to Sweden with academic members of the Early Years Department, the roles of men in Early Years Education and Forest School Provision.

Published work:

  • UCET Annual Report 2013 ‘Promoting Quality in Teacher Education’ article with Parker, K. and Caddell, J.
  • TEAN Conference 2012 ‘Teaching Primary Art and Design: learning from artists’
  • ITEC 2014 Dubai ‘New Pathways in Initial Teacher Education
  • UCET Conference 2015 ‘The Strength of Early Years Teacher Status
  • alongside QTS provision: choice, flexibility, raising the status and quality of the early years workforce and working with under 5’s

Knowledge transfer and enterprise:

  • 2008 – 2012 Chief External Examiner University of Cumbria (Flexible Modular PGCE)
  • 2015 External Examiner University of Dundee – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education with SPR (Scottish QTS equivalent (Primary)
  • 2015-16 External Panel Member for the approval of BA, PGCE and MA Education Programmes at Leeds Trinity University.(June 2016)
  • 2016 – St Bede and Primary Alliance for Learning (PAL) Early Years Mentoring Project – Evaluation (DfE funded)
  • 2017 to date Chief External Examiner University of Dundee – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education with SPR (Scottish QTS equivalent (Primary)

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