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Dr Miranda Dodd PhD, MA (Cantab), MA (EdFlex), PGCE

Deputy Head of School (Education)

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Dr Miranda Dodd is Deputy Head of School (Education) at the University of Southampton.

Before joining Southampton Education School in September 2012, Miranda enjoyed teaching in primary schools in Hertfordshire and Dorset for over 20 years. Her roles have included Leader of Learning for Key Stage 1 and Early Years, Base Leader at a multi-site school, Deputy Head and Acting Head. She has lead on a range of areas in school, focusing principally on English; Music; Assessment and Research, Enquiry and Innovation. She has taught across the primary age range. Miranda taught on the EDA International Summer School for overseas teachers for several years, leading courses on Key Stage 1; Early Literacy; Phonics; and Teaching, Learning and Assessment. She has always been fascinated by children’s early reading and writing, basing her Masters research at the University of Southampton on children’s spelling and the influences of stories they have heard on their writing. She has been a Consultant Leading Teacher (specialising in Literacy) and LA Moderator at Key Stage 1 for Dorset.

Miranda was a member of the National Teacher Research Panel and through this and her PhD work has become interested in how to help teachers engage in and with research in ways that are both manageable and relevant to them. She ran a pupil research group in school, exploring learning and reading. She currently teaches on the Primary PGCE, focusing principally on English and Phonics, the BSc in Education Studies and supervises Masters and PhD students. She has a particular interest in the teaching of spelling and is currently working with a group of local teachers to develop practice in this area. She has a strong interest in helping students and staff understand academic integrity and how to develop skills of good academic practice, including experimenting with teaching methods such as the use of online games.

Research interests

  • Children’s early literacy
  • Phonics and spelling
  • The importance of stories read and told
  • Teaching grammar effectively
  • Teachers and research
  • Developing pupils’ research in school
  • Academic integrity education

PhD: Making connections: Progress, problems and pitfalls – a practitioner’s viewpoint

Supervisor: Melanie Nind

Funding: School of Education Richard Newitt Bursary


Research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

  • Deputy Head of School (Education)
  • Lead tutor for English and Phonics on Primary PGCE
  • Module tutor for EDUC1060 Researching Learning on BSc Education Studies
  • Masters and PhD supervisor
  • Module lead for EDUC1062 Independent Study and Synoptic Reflection on BSc Education Studies


  • National Teacher Research Panel
  • United Kingdom Literacy Association
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
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  • BSc Education Studies EDUC1060 and EDUC1062
  • Primary PGCE lead tutor for English, Geography, Art and Building Mental Wealth programme
  • MSc and BSc dissertations
Dr Miranda Dodd
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom (Email is the most reliable way of contacting me)

Room Number : 32/2011/M18

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