Dr Madeleine Findon

Dr Madeleine Findon

School of Education
Lecturer in Educational Leadership

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Maddy is a lecturer and researcher in educational leadership with a background in early years education and TESOL. She is currently teaching on several MEd modules within the Department of Teacher Education and has a key role in supporting the apprentices on the Educational Leadership Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship. In addition, she contributes to the undergraduate and Primary ITE programmes. Her research interests focus on leadership in early years education, academic resilience, creativity and inclusion.

Feedback and office hours

Days of work: Mondays, Tuesdays (half day), Thursdays and Fridays.
Undergraduate drop-in tutorials on Tuesday mornings between 10 and 11.
MEd Degree Apprentice drop-in tutorials Thursday afternoons between 4 and 5 pm.
Other times available by appointment.


  • PhD in Education – University of Warwick 2015
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – University of Warwick 2015
  • MA Educational Research Methods (with distinction) – University of Warwick 2011
  • Early Years Professional Status – University of Worcester 2010
  • BA Hons Early Childhood (Practitioner Options) (first class) – University of Worcester 2010.                                                                 
  • TESOL Certificate – City College Coventry 2002


Maddy Findon is a lecturer and researcher in education. She started her career in early years education during her teens, working for a variety of settings in Warwickshire and Bristol. She moved to Spain and qualified as a TESOL teacher, spending 6 years in the country. On her return to the UK, she obtained her first degree and qualified as an Early Years Professional while combining early years roles with teaching both English and Spanish to adults and children.

She moved into academia in 2011, teaching at the University of Warwick and going on to lead their MA Educational Leadership (Teach First) programme. She completed her PhD (on national approaches to early years education and creativity in young children) in 2015. She joined the University of Birmingham in September 2019, and currently works across the Educational Leadership masters programmes, including the Degree Apprenticeship, as well as supporting undergraduate and ITE programmes.

In recent years she has engaged in several research projects of varying scales focusing on learning experiences, inclusion and early years. She also co-convenes the Leadership in Early Years Education Research Interest Group for BELMAS.

She is currently External Examiner for the MA Educational Leadership at the University of Manchester.


  • Leadership Enquiry
  • Contemporary Issues in Education


Maddy is currently contributing to a departmental project "Co-investigating our Teaching" that was initiated by colleagues as a response to the rapid change in teaching modalities precipitated by the pandemic. She is also engaged in a project with her co-convenor for the Leadership in Early Years Education RIG (BELMAS) to explore what messaging early years leaders feel is the most appropriate way to convey the value of the work of the sector to the wider public.

Other activities

Co-convenor of the Leadership in Early Years Education RIG - BELMAS


Recent publications


Findon, M, Heshmati, H & Johnston-Wilder, S 2020, 'Developing pre-service maths teachers' resilience using the growth zone model', International Journal of Innovation in Education, pp. 162 - 183. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJIIE.2020.111072

Findon, M & Johnston-Wilder, S 2018, 'Working together to promote academic safe-guarding', School Leadership & Management, pp. 164 - 186. https://doi.org/10.1080/13632434.2018.1434766

Findon, M & Johnston-Wilder, S 2017, 'Addressing the low skill levels of university undergraduates in the United Kingdom', Warwick Journal of Education, vol. 1, pp. 36-54. <https://journals.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/wjett/article/view/40>


Findon, M & Johnston-Wilder, S 2019, Unit 1.3: developing your resilience: managing stress, workload and time. in Learning to Teach in the Secondary School. 8 edn, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 43 - 59.

Book/Film/Article review

Findon, M 2019, 'The professional development of early years educators', Educational Review, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 802-803. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2019.1612999, https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2019.1612999

Commissioned report

Perry, T, Findon, M, Cordingley, P, Braim, B, Davison, I, Whitmore, T, Cottle, D, Anbreen, N & Crisp, B 2020, Teacher Education Modality Rapid Review: Modes, Affordances and Evidence on Remote and Blended Initial and Continuing Teacher Education. STEM Learning, https://www.stem.org.uk/news-and-views/news/remote-blended-education. <https://www.stem.org.uk/news-and-views/news/remote-blended-education>

Other contribution

Findon, M 2020, Constructing a new reality: leadership lessons from other times of crisis.. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2020/05/28/constructing-a-new-reality-leadership-lessons-from-other-times-of-crisis/>

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