Sian Davies-Barnes

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:Deputy Programme Director for PGCE Primary
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2041 6554
​Room No:B215



Research Groups:
• Education and Social Research Group (ESRG)
• Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Orff Society (UK)

Research Interests:
• Music education
• Creativity in arts education
• Creative partnerships in primary education


Professional / Non-refereed Publications:
Beauchamp, G., Davies-Barnes, S. and Lawton, J. (2008) 'Did I really Say That?'. Primary Music Today. 40. pp. 15-17.

Conference Papers:

Beauchamp, G., Harvey, J., Wright, R., Lawton, J. and Davies-Barnes, S. (2009) ‘Music, society and education: An investigation into the leadership and management of music education in primary and secondary schools’, Welsh Education Research Network Colloquium, UWIC, 13th May 2009.


WAGDEIN for 'Dynamo: Entrepreneurship Training for Primary and Secondary Schools', UWIC, (2004-2005).  Team member.

£9,622 from Welsh Educational Research Network (WERN / ESRC) for 'Music, society and education: an investigation into the leadership and management of music education in primary and secondary schools', Cardiff Metropolitan University, Newport University and Cambridge University, (2008-09). Team member.

£76,615 from ESTYN for 'Production of ESTYN training DVDs', Cardiff Metropolitan University, (2009-10).  Team member.

National Assembly for Wales , Graduate Teacher Programme, (2010-2014).  Tutor and assessor.


I joined the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy in 2000 as a Lecturer in Music Education and am currently Senior Lecturer in Education and the PGCE Primary Deputy Programme Director.  I have responsibility for the school experience aspects of the programme, including the placing of students in schools and mentor training. Prior to this I was a Year Tutor on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS programme, eventually taking the role of Programme Director of that course in 2011.  When not carrying out my Deputy Director duties, I can be found leading music and education workshops for trainee teachers and visiting trainees in schools.

I graduated with a BA in Music (1991) and a MMus (1994) from Reading University and later gained a PGCE Primary qualification at Trinity College Carmarthen (1996).  I then became a classroom teacher and music co-ordinator in a primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan.  From 1996-2003, I also worked as a part time tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  I am the treasurer of an organisation called the Orff Society (UK) which aims to nurture creativity through music.