Jane Beniston


Jane has worked in primary education for over 10 years, first as a reception class teacher, then moving on to Foundation Stage co-ordinator, opening a new 60 place nursery and finally acting Head Teacher in a variety of difference schools. Her roles within these schools included RE coordinator and maths leader within KS1 and KS2. Jane has worked at Newman for 13 years teaching across undergraduate, foundation degree and masters provision within the school of Education. Her main teachings lines within the Early childhood Education and care programme. Jane also leads the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme (EYITT) leading to Early Years Teacher status (EYT). This involves liaison with local settings to provide placements for trainees to teach across babies, toddlers and young children (0-5 age range).



BEd (Hons), MEd, MTLA, SFHEA

Teaching Interests

Child development

Contemporary Issues in Education

Education studies

Research Interests

Child development

Contemporary Issues in Education

Education studies

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Teacher Learning Academy

Member of Teaching Council

External Roles

External Examiner UCAS (2016)

External Examiner Malta University (2017)

Representative Publications

Journal articles

Beniston, J. & Harris, D. (2015) The Child’s Vision on the World Early Childhood Education: International Research Report. Hungary: University of West Hungary.


REACT student engagement project


Award for Student as Academic Partner project of the year (2016)

Newman Fellow 2016