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Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

I was trained as a Primary and Early Years teacher and worked in central London for a number of years before completing my Masters degree (Kings College London) and then PhD (University of Nottingham) in Urban Education.

Research Summary

My main research interest is in the role of data and its effects upon primary and early years education pedagogy, curriculum and governance.  Within the early years and primary education I coined the term "the datafication of pedagogy" within the early years and primary education to critically analyse the ways in which data is increasingly used to govern, regulate and discipline education.  My recent research into Reception Baseline Assessment has had a direct impact upon Government Policy as exemplified by the NUT/ATL 'They are Children, Not Robots, not Machines' (Bradbury and Roberts-Holmes, 2016) and this research was awarded the BERA/SAGE Research Impact Prize 2016.  

I co-led a funded evaluation of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) which informed an Early Years Professionalisation National Strategy Group (2009-2011) and was a researcher and co-author for the DfE funded ‘Practitioners’ Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (Sept 2010 – March 2011) which subsequently informed the revised EYFS (2012).

I am the Department for Learning and Leadership REF 2020 Engagement and Impact Lead. 

Teaching Summary

I am the Programme Leader for the MA in Early Years Education.  I lead the Module Early Childhood Education and teach on the Modules Researching Early Years and Primary Education, Contemporary Issues in the Early Years and Leadership in the Early Years.  I supervise seven Masters students and supervise five PhD students.

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