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Ms Kimberly Safford

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Professional biography

I am an Honorary Associate of the Open University, formerly Senior Lecturer in Education.

I support the OU’s mission to promote adult learning across all ages and stages in the UK and internationally, through research, learning design, course authoring, Open Educational Resource creation, postgraduate supervision, monitoring and evaluation, You can see my  publications in Open Research Online.

Currently I am a member of the British Council / Open University partnership research project ‘EMGen’ that explores the role of English in gender equality in low and middle-income countries.

I work with TPD@Scale Coalition for the Global South. We are currently developing a CPD resource for school leaders on Improvement Science. Recently we published a suite of courses in OpenLearnCreate on scaling teacher professional development that has been studied by 14 country teams in a GPE-KIX learning cycle.  

I am a Climate Ambassador for the OU, and educational advisor to Climate Change All Change, an exciting cross-curricular creative programme where primary school children and designers co-create solutions to the climate crisis.   

I am the advisor for a new Routledge open research collection on Education, Equity and Equality

In the OU Primary Education Studies team, I co-authored the course 'Comparative and international studies in primary education' and the textbook 'Learning and Teaching Around the World' (Routledge). I co-developed the highly-regarded OU International Development and Teacher Education programmes: the Sierra Leone Learning Assistant Programme and TESS India.

For USAID, I recently evaluated the scaling and sustainability of RTI’s Becoming a Learning Detective teacher training within All Children Reading in the Philippines (ACR-Philippines). I also supported World Reader in Ghana to develop an at-scale teacher development course on using digital books in the classroom. 

Before coming to the OU, I was Senior Lecturer in Primary English Education at Roehampton University, and research officer for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).  I was a primary school teacher in London. In a previous career, I worked for 20 years as a radio and television journalist in San Francisco, New York and London. 

Research interests

Climate literacy, teacher education, multilingual learners, English language learning.  

Publications

[Book Review] Sage on the Screen: Education, Media and How We Learn by B. Ferster, 2016, John Hopkins University Press (2019)
Safford, Kimberly
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2019, Article 6(1)


Teaching Grammar and Testing Grammar in the English Primary School: The Impact on Teachers and their Teaching of the Grammar Element of the Statutory Test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) (2016-03)
Safford, Kimberly
Changing English, 23(1) (pp. 3-21)


Barriers to blended digital distance vocational learning for non-traditional students (2016-01-08)
Safford, Kimberly and Stinton, Julia
British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(1) (pp. 135-150)


The ‘problem’ of bilingual children in educational settings: policy and research in England (2013)
Safford, Kimberly and Drury, Rose
Language and Education, 27(1) (pp. 70-81)


‘Give courage to the ladies’: expansive apprenticeship for women in rural Malawi (2013)
Safford, Kimberly; Cooper, Deborah; Wolfenden, Freda and Chitsulo, Joyce
Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 65(2) (pp. 193-207)


Linguistic capital of trainee teachers: knowledge worth having? (2010)
Safford, Kimberly and Kelly, Alison
Language and Education, 24(5) (pp. 401-414)


Does teaching complex sentences have to be complicated? Lessons from children's online writing (2009-10)
Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly
Literacy, 43(2) (pp. 118-122)


Teachers as readers: building communities of readers (2009-04)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
Literacy, 43(1) (pp. 11-19)


'The right book to the right child at the right time': Primary Teacher Knowledge of Children's Literature (2008-12)
Collins, Fiona and Safford, Kimberly
Changing English, 15(4) (pp. 415-422)


Reading in the middle years (9-11): including all children (2008-05)
Safford, Kimberly
Books for Keeps(170) (pp. 6-8)


‘I didn't speak for the first year’: silence, self-study and student stories of English language learning in mainstream education (2008)
Safford, Kimberly and Costley, Tracy
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 2(2) (136 -151)


Speaking and listening: never a better time (2007-10)
Kelly, A.; Safford, K. and Montgomerie, D.
NATE Classroom(3) (pp. 20-22)


Language and Sport: exploring the field (2007-02)
Safford, K.; Kelly, A. and Montgomerie, D.
Primary English Magazine, 12(3) (pp. 11-15)


Creating contexts for talk: the influence of school-based creative arts projects on children's language (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and Barrs, Myra
English in Education, 41(2) (pp. 44-56)


Assessing second and additional languages across borders in Europe (2007)
Safford, Kimberly
NALDIC Quarterly, 4(1) (pp. 3-30)


Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for pleasure (2014)
Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona M.; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberly
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon


Creative Projects: Getting Parents Involved (2008)
O'Sullivan, Olivia and Safford, Kimberly
Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education | Published : London


Their learning becomes your journey: Parents respond to children’s work in creative partnerships (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and O'Sullivan, Olivia
Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary education | Published : UK


Creativty and Literacy - Many routes to meaning: Children’s language and literacy development in creative arts work (2005)
Safford, Kimberly and Barrs, Myra
ISBN : 1872267459 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Creative Partnerships | Published : UK


Boys on the Margin: Promoting boys’ literacy learning at Key Stage 2 (2004)
Safford, Kimberly; O'Sullivan, Olivia and Barrs, Myra
ISBN : 1872267-40-8 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education | Published : UK


Ideologies of English and economic development: The influence on medium of instruction polices in Ghana (2023)
Erling, E. J.; Mukherjee, S. J.; Safford, K. and Tugli, F. M.
In: Reilly, C.; Erling, E. J.; Chimbutane, F.; Clegg, J. and Rubagumya, C. eds. Multilingual Learning Assessment, Ideologies and Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Publisher : Routledge (In Press)


Classroom Talk in Ghanaian Upper Primary Schools: Understanding English-Only, Teacher-Dominant Practices (2021-07-02)
Erling, Elizabeth J.; Safford, Kimberly and Tugli, Fritz Makafui
In: Erling, Elizabeth J.; Clegg, John; Rubagumya, Casmir M. and Reilly, Colin eds. Multilingual Learning and Language Supportive Pedagogies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Series in Language and Content Integrated Teaching & Plurilingual Education (pp. 79-98)
ISBN : 9780367463533 | Publisher : Routledge


Primary education: how and why to compare? (2018-07-16)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Safford, Kimberly and Chamberlain, Liz eds. Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education (pp. 9-19)
ISBN : 9780429958076 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


A reading for pleasure pedagogy (2014-06-26)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Cremin, Teresa; Mottram, Marilyn; Collins, Fiona M..; Powell, Sacha and Safford, Kimberley eds. Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure (pp. 89-107)
ISBN : 978-1-13-877747-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


'This is different writing': The world outside the classroom in children’s texts (2009-06)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Writing Under Control
ISBN : 978-0-415-48404-6 | Publisher : David Fulton


Reading differences, reading diversity (2008)
Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Reading Under Control (3rd edition) (pp. 14-25)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-461-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK


The reading journey (2008)
Kelly, Alison and Safford, Kimberly
In: Graham, Judith and Kelly, Alison eds. Reading Under Control (3rd edition) (pp. 45-54)
ISBN : 978-1-84312-461-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK


Non-traditional students in Higher Education: English as an additional language and literacies (2005)
Leung, Constant and Safford, Kimberly
In: Street, Brian ed. Literacies Across Educational Contexts: Mediating learning and teaching (pp. 303-324)
ISBN : 0-9727507-3-8 | Publisher : Caslon | Published : Philadelphia, PA


Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education (2018-06)
Safford, Kimberly and Chamberlain, Liz eds.
ISBN : 978-1-138-48521-1 | Publisher : Routledge and the Open University | Published : Oxford


Small-Scale Research in Primary Schools: A Reader for Learning and Professional Development (2010)
Safford, Kimberly; Stacey, Mary and Hancock, Roger eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-58560-6 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Animating Literacy: Inspiring children’s learning through teacher and artist partnerships (2005)
Ellis, Sue and Safford, Kimberly eds.
ISBN : 1872267416 | Publisher : Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and Creative Partnerships | Published : UK


Learning Assistants in Sierra Leone: model, innovation, and impact (2019-09-12)
Chamberlain, Liz and Safford, Kimberly
In : 9th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning - Innovations for Quality Education and Lifelong Learning (PCF9) (09-13 Sep 2019, Edinburgh)


Many routes to meaning: children's language and literacy learning in creative arts projects. Section 4, Partnership Between Artists and Teachers: Structures and Processes (2008)
Safford, Kimberly
In : Evaluating the Impact of Arts and Cultural Education: A European and International Research Symposium (10-12 Jan 2007, Paris, France)


Evaluation of Hackney Learning Trust's Reading Programmes (2020-06)
Hempel-Jorgensen, Amelia; Swann, Joan; Plowright-Pepper, Linda; Cremin, Teresa; Safford, Kimberly; Mittelmeier, Jenna and Canning, Natalie
The Open University, Milton Keynes.


Climate Change - All Change: evaluation of the primary school pilot for architecture (2020)
Safford, Kimberly
The Museum of Childhood


It takes a village to raise a teacher: the Learning Assistant programme in Sierra Leone (2017-05)
Crisp, Martin; Safford, Kimberly and Wolfenden, Freda
The Open University and Plan International


Moving towards more participatory practice with Open Educational Resources: TESS-India Academic Review (2017-05)
Wolfenden, Freda; Adinolfi, Lina; Cross, Simon; Lee, Clare; Paranjpe, Sandhya and Safford, Kimberly
The Open University, Milton Keynes.


Teaching grammar and testing grammar in the English primary school: The impact on teachers and teaching of the grammar element of the statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in England (2016-01)
Safford, Kimberly; Messer, David; McLachlan, Jill; Walker, Kim; Ghosh, Kerenza; Laird, Stephanie; Disney, Ann and Wright, Deborah
UKLA and The Open University


Teaching grammar and testing grammar in the English primary school: The impact on teachers and teaching of the grammar element of the statutory test in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) in England (2015-09-30)
Safford, Kimberly; Messer, David; McLachlan, Jill and Walker, Kim
UKLA, London.


Teachers as readers: Building communities of readers (2009)
Cremin, T.; Mottram, M.; Collins, F.; Powell, S. and Safford, K.
UKLA, UK.


Assessment for learning: Working with pupils learning English as an Additional Language (2009)
Safford, Kimberly and Leung, Constant
NALDIC


EAL and English: subjects and language across the curriculum (2007)
Safford, Kimberly and Collins, Fiona
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, UK.


'I Try To Open My Ears': Experiences And Strategies Of Students Learning English As An Additional Language And Studying For Higher Education (2006)
Safford, Kimberly and Costley, Tracy
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Reading.


Teachers And Pupils In The Big Picture: Seeing Real Children In Routinised Assessment (2003)
Safford, Kimberly
National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, Reading.