Sylvia Crowder

Name:  Sylvia Crowder
Department: Children, Education and Communities
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Primary Education English
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


  • 1980-2003 Paediatric Occupational Therapist (specialising in Dyspraxia from 1994)
  • 2004-2012 Primary and Early Years teacher
  • 2012 to present EHU lecturer Primary English


  • Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists,
  • BA Education and Literacy
  • PGCE (Primary)
  • PG Cert in Teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Working towards MA Children’s Literature


  • Engaging children with reading for enjoyment through book clubs/reading groups in school
  • Using picture books to develop children’s understanding of refugees
  • Working with Teresa Cremin (UKLA/OU) on Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers. Phase 2.

Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise

  • 2017 TEAN Birmingham
  • EHU PG Conference
  • EHU  NQT conference Liverpool
  • Chorley partnership Schools, Chorley council Bookbench project: Just imagine story centre, reading for pleasure blog and podcast
  • Book benches
  • Contributing Blogs and podcasts for Just Imagine Story Centre, Chelmsford
  • Working with edge Hill Action for Refugees Group.


2017 Successfully leading a community reading project (Bookbenches) with partnership schools and Chorley Council


  • Children’s literature: using picture books to develop critical thinking, engaging children with reading through creative projects and developing spaces for reading
  • History: British social history
  • Refugees: Investigating ways to support refugees particularly children, exploring ways to develop children’s understanding of refugees in primary school