Dr Cheryl Ellis

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​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy 
​E- mail: cellis@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Room No:​C205



Research Groups:
• Education and Social Research Group (ESRG)

Research Interests:
Outdoor play, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, specific learning difficulties and the learning needs of students within HE.


Book Chapters:

Beauchamp, G., Davis, S., Haughton, C., Ellis, C., Adams, D., Sarwar, S., Dumitrescu, S. and Tyrie, J., ‘Well-being and outdoor learning’ (2020) in Williams-Brown, Z. and Mander, S. (Eds) Childhood wellbeing and resilience: influences on educational outcomes. London: Routledge. pp.91-101

Beauchamp, G., Haughton, C., ELLIS, C., Sarwar, S., Tyrie, J. Adams, D and Dumitrescu, S. (2019) Ethical considerations in using innovative methods in early education research, in, Brown, Z. and Perkins, H. (ed.) Using Innovative Methods in Early Years Research. London: Routledge

Mannello, M, Connolly, M, Dumitrescu, S, Ellis, C, Haughton, C, Sarwar, S and Tyrie, J (2019) Opening the school gates; facilitating after school play in school grounds in Reed, M and Fleet, A (Eds) Rethinking play as pedagogy: London, Routledge
Sarwar, S, Haughton, C, Ellis, C and Beauchamp, G (2019) Using video to research outdoors with young children in Brown, Z and Perkins, H (Eds) (2019) Using innovative methods in early years research; beyond the conventional: london, Routledge

Haughton, C and Ellis, C (2016) 'Play in the Early Years' in Palaiologou, I (ed) The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice 3rd Ed, London: Sage

ELLIS, C. AND BEAUCHAMP, G. (2012) 'Ethics in working with and researching children with Special Educational Needs' in Palaiologou, I. (ed) Ethical Practice in Early Children. London: Sage. pp.47-60 (See http://tinyurl.com/dytnjnq )

HAUGHTON, C AND ELLIS, C (2013) 'Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage' in Palaiologou, I. (ed) The Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice. London: Sage. pp.73-87

Peer-Refereed Journals and Research Reports:

Tyrie, J, Sarwar, S, Dumitrescu, S, Mannello, M, Haughton, C, Ellis, C and Connolly, M (2019) 'Power, rights and play; control of play in schools grounds, an action research project from Wales', Education, 3-13

SALISBURY, J., ELLIS, C., BEAUCHAMP, G. AND HAUGHTON, C. (2011) 'What's Occurring? The what, why, how and when of research capacity building in a modest pilot project with EAL learners and science', Welsh Journal of Education, 15(1), pp.46-65

EGAN, D., BEAUCHAMP, G., ELLIS, C. AND HILLIER, E. (2011) 'An Early Evaluation Of The Cardiff Local Authority Literacy Strategy: Final Report to the Welsh Government New Ideas Fund. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government.  (Available from http://tinyurl.com/blvpq3h )

BEAUCHAMP, G., ELLIS, C., ELLIOTT, B. AND TOMOS, B. (2010) 'Improving teaching for the 7-14 age range', Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government.  (Available from http://tinyurl.com/coz4stj)

National and International Conference Papers and Research Dissemination:

HAUGHTON, C., SARWAR, S., TYRIE, J., BEAUCHAMP, G. AND ELLIS, C. (2015) ‘‘Wild Time’: discovery and adventure tales from free-play episodes with a reception class working in an ancient woodland site’ presented at British Education Studies Association (BESA) conference, 25th-26th June, 2015, Cardiff Metropolitan University

HAUGHTON, C., ELLIS, C. & BEAUCHAMP, G. (2013)  'An Air Of Mystery: out in the Forest? Reflections from a small scale study which examines practitioners' perceptions and definitions of Forest School', presented at British Education Studies Association (BESA), 27 - 28 June 2013, Swansea Metropolitan University.

BEAUCHAMP, G., ELLIS, C., HAUGHTON, C. and CONNOLLY, M. (2010) 'Educational Studies: a study of student motivation, identity and futures' presented at BESA (British Educational Studies Association) conference, Bangor, 1-2nd July 2010

BEAUCHAMP, G., ELLIS, C., ELLIOTT, B. AND TOMOS, B. (2009) 'Improving teaching for the 7-14 age range', TLRP in Wales - Dissemination Seminar. Tuesday 24 November 2009, Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Cardiff.

BEAUCHAMP, G., ELLIS,C., HAUGHTON, C. and SALISBURY, J. (2009) 'The use of ICT and Video Stimulated Reflective Dialogue (VSRD) in assessing conceptual understanding of science in primary schools children with English as an additional language (EAL)' presented at BERA conference, Manchester, 3-5th September 2009.

BEAUCHAMP, G., SALISBURY, J., ELLIS, C., and HAUGHTON, C. (2009) 'Assessment of science in KS2 pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)' presented at Welsh Education Research Network Colloquium, UWIC, 13th May, 2009.



Dr Cheryl Ellis is the strategic lead for student experience and works closely with students and staff to help facilitate the smooth running of the School of Education and Social Policy. An important aspect of this role is to spend time listening to the views of students so that developments can be made for the best possible student experience.

Having previously worked as a primary school teacher, Cheryl has experienced the ‘practical realities’ of classroom life. She lectures in a range of areas including play and specific learning difficulties.

Cheryl is a trained Level 3 Forest School leader and works as part of the Forest School team to deliver training to practitioners and students. The Forest School team also work closely with schools to provide opportunities for pupils of all ages to experience Forest School within the woodland area on the Cyncoed campus. Cheryl is an active researcher and supervises doctoral students in a range of areas.