Dr Paty Paliokosta

Dr Paty Paliokosta

School: Education

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education


Phone: 020 8417 5403

Location: Edu-Kingston Hill 17


Paty (Panagiota) Paliokosta is Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at Kingston University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught across primary, secondary and early years education and was an inclusion manager for a number of years, before becoming a local authority advisor for Inclusion (SEN/D) for Camden Children, Schools and Families. Paty joined KU in September 2009; most recently she has been leading modules and supervising students within a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Initial Teacher Education (BA and PgCert), in work-based learning as well as the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme. Apart from developing and leading programmes in the past with a focus on inclusion, social justice and social pedagogy, she has recently undertaken development work on new programmes for KU school of education (MRes and NASENCO award).

After been awarded her PhD by Canterbury Christ Church University in 2008, her research interests have mainly focused on barriers to inclusive education, social construction and social justice, teachers' and practitioners' professionalism and different types of transitions. Recent studies have included 'exploring the concept of reasonable adjustments in relation to disability and social justice for children and young people in a multi-professional context' (ICCIP grant), and an 'evaluation of initial teacher education students' experiences from 20 day extended placement in a special needs school or resource setting' (TDA grant). Paty has been involved in several other bids for research funding and has project managed a DfE-funded project on Serious Case reviews. Currently she is involved in the multi-disciplinary project 'Fighting for our Rights' in collaboration with KCIL, KU school of nursing and local schools. Her civic engagement is enhanced by the current development and leading of EUTOPIA social enterprise that aims to advance the well-being and inclusion of a minority community in London, through a range of services provision for children and parents and engagement with the Arts. Paty is the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education representative for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Racial Equality Charter working group at KU.

Paty is a peer reviewer for various journals in the field of education, psychology and social work: Teacher Education Advancement Network's journal; Research in Developmental Disabilities;Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs; Cogent Education; Child & Family Social Work.

She has also been an external examiner for Plymouth University and the University of East London, and was previously an evaluator for selected research programmes at the Greek Ministry of Education (2009-2011).

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Inclusive Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • MEd, in Special Educational Needs, University of Exeter
  • BA(Hons), in English Language and Literature (Stream of Linguistics),, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Certificate in Applied Linguistics, University of Amsterdam

Professional experience

  • 2008 - 2009
    Inclusion Advisory Teacher for Additional Educational Needs (AEN) and Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD), , School Improvement Service, Camden Children, Schools and Families
  • 2006 - 2009
    Inclusion Manager/Assistant Head Teacher,, St. Michael's Church of England Primary School, Camden Town
  • 2005 - 2006
    Ethnic Minority Achievement Teacher,, Crowland Primary school, Haringey
  • 2004 - 2005
    Sessional Education Promotional Officer for Aim Higher Department for Education and Skills (DfEs) project, Canterbury Christ Church University,
  • 2004 - 2005
    Primary and Secondary School Teaching (on supply basis),, various schools and settings in London and Kent

Professional registration and membership

  • QTS, GTC
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Barriers to inclusive education; social construction and social justice; teachers' and practitioners' professionalism; different types of transitions in education.

Grants and funding

  • 2018 - 2018
    Inclusive Curricula Prize Award for Fighting for our Rights Project. £1K
  • 2016 - 2018
    Heritage Lottery Fund for £76,900 to KCIL for partnership work with HSCE (schools of Nursing and Education) and St. Philip's school to capture the oral histories of disabled people living in the borough between 1960s and 1990s. Outputs included a permanent archive, Museum and Library Exchibitions, a theatre production and a School resource for primary schools raising awareness on disability and inclusion issues. Project website:
  • 2013 - 2014
    PM for DfE Funding for Study on Serious Case Reviews: £60.000 with HSCE multi-disciplinary team (Jones, Rawlings, Maisey, Johnson and Capstick).
  • 2012 - 2013
    IPI Small Grant funded study with FHSCS, KU/SGUL: 'An Exploration of Post Qualifying Training Experiences of Migrant Social Workers in a London University' (in collaboration with Dr E. Hatzidimitriadou and Dr M. Psoinos from School of Social work)
  • 2002 - 2004
    Canterbury Christ Church University: Full PhD scholarship
  • 2010
    ICCIP innovation and Development Programme: £3000 for small scale research in collaboration with St George's staff
  • 2009
    Camden Extended Services: Bid for £17.500 for Drama for Feelings Project at St Michael's Primary School


Boards and Commitees
2018: Working group on Racial Equality Charter member, KU.
2018: EDI Committee Representative for Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, KU.
2017 onwards: Founder of EUTOPIA social enterprise.
2017: Internal Examiner for EdD Candidate at Kingston University. (FHSCE)
2014: External Examiner/Assessor for EdD candidate at Exeter University (School of Education).
2013-onwards: External examiner for the Education and Community Field Board in partnership with AKMI (Greece), University of East London
2012-onwards: External examiner for Masters in Education Board (International Masters Programme), Plymouth University.
2011- onwards: External examiner for the National Award for SEN Board Coordination programme, Plymouth University.
2009-2011- Evaluator for research programmes Heraclitus and Thalis, Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.
2008-9 Project on Transitions from Primary to secondary school with Educational Psychology and BESD team in Camden.


Number of items: 21.


Litten, Deborah and Paliokosta, Paty (2013) The power of peers. Special Educational Needs(64), pp. 68-70.

Paliokosta, Paty and Blandford, Sonia (2010) Inclusion in school: a policy, ideology or lived experience? Similar findings in diverse school cultures. Support for Learning, 25(4), pp. 179-186. ISSN (print) 0268-2141

Book Section

Paliokosta, Paty and Proyer, Michelle (2015) 'Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties' im kontext inklusiver bildung in England - eine komplexe kategorie im wandel ['Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties' in the context of inclusive education in England - a complex category in transition]. In: Biewer, Gottfried , Bohm, Eva Theresa and Schutz, Sandra, (eds.) Inklusive pädagogik in der sekundarstufe [Inclusive education in secondary schools]. Stuttgart, Germany : Kohlhammer. pp. 39-56. ISBN 9783170297272

Rask, Hilma, Paliokosta, Paty, Sivalingam, Lalitha [Contributor] and Mukadam, Yasmin [Contributor] (2011) Fostering speaking and listening in early years and foundation stage setting. In: Hodson, Pamela and Jones, Deborah, (eds.) Unlocking speaking and listening. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 35-47. ISBN 041560317X

Rawlings, Anne and Paliokosta, Paty (2011) Learning for interprofessionalism: pedagogy for all. In: Trodd, Lynn and Civers, Leo, (eds.) Interprofessional working in practice: learning and working together for children and families. London, U.K. : Open University Press. pp. 53-67. ISBN 9780335244478

Conference or Workshop Item

Paliokosta, Paty and Johnson, Jessica (2014) Training and Professional Development for Safeguarding; ‘Voices from the Field’. In: Accountability and Blame in Social Work; 09 Apr 2014, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Paty (2014) ‘Reasonable adjustments’ in relation to disability and social justice: Discourses of inclusive ethos in an inter-professional context. In: Discourse Power Resistance 14: Research & Practice - Exchange & Change; 08-10 Apr 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Paty and Cullum, Bronwen (2012) Preparing Student Teachers for 'Inclusion'; Debating Outcomes from Students' Extended Placement in Special Education Settings. In: European Conference for Educational Research 2012: The Need for Educational Research to Champion Freedom, Education and Development for All; 18-21 Sep 2012, Cadiz, Spain.

Paliokosta, Paty (2012) Co- constructing productive pedagogies: a transformative experience for students and lecturers? In: Educational Research Forum; 15 Jun 2012, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota and Cullum, Bronwen (2012) Preparing student teachers for 'inclusion'; debating outcomes from students' extended placement in a specialist setting. In: 3rd Teacher Education Advancement Network Annual Conference; 18 May 2012, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Paty (2012) Identification and assessment - introducing Education, Health and Care Plans. In: The next steps for supporting young people with Special Educational Needs; 26 Jan 2012, London, U.K..

Paliokosta, Panagiota and Kindness, Leonie (2011) "Reasonable adjustments" in relation to disability and social justice for children and young people in an inter-professional context. In: European Conference on Educational Research 2011, Urban Education; 12-16 Sep 2011, Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2010) Inclusion: cultures and discourses. In: 3rd Erasmus Mundus Special Education Needs International Conference (EMSENIC) - Towards inclusion: being with others; 24 -25 June 2010, Roehampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2009) Reading between the lines: rhetoric and policies for inclusive education and the role of the additional adult in English schools. In: ECER 2009 (European Conference on Educational Research); 28 - 30 Sept 2009, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2006) Inclusive education and special educational needs; the impact of differing school cultures on teachers and other stakeholders' interpretations of these notions and consequent practice within mainstream schools. In: ECER 2006 (European Conference on Educational Research); 13 - 16 Sept 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2006) Inclusive education and special educational needs: the impact of differing school cultures on teachers and other stakeholders' interpretations of these notions and consequent practice within mainstream schools. In: Transitional Spaces, Transitional Processes and Research; 2 - 5 March 2006, Volos, Greece. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2005) Narrative as a research device for interpreting stakeholders' interpretations of Policy for Special Educational Needs. In: ESREA Life History and Biography Network Conference; 3 - 6 March 2005, Anghiari, Italy. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2004) Narrative in qualitative research: concerns about bias. In: ECER 2004 (European Conference on Educational Research); 22 - 25 Sept 2004, Rethymnon, Crete. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2004) Policy for addressing literacy difficulties: interpretations of discourse and resistance with the use of comparative imagination. In: DPR (Discourse Power and Resistance) Conference; 5 - 7 April 2004, Plymouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Panagiota (2003) Understanding the experience of having literacy difficulties in an English mainstream secondary school. In: BERA 2003; 11 - 13 Sept 2003, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Rawlings, Anne, Paliokosta, Paty, Maisey, Daryl, Johnson, Jessica, Capstick, Jenny and Jones, Ray (2014) Study to investigate the barriers to learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and identify ways of overcoming these barriers. (Project Report) Manchester, U.K. : Department for Education. 112 p. ISBN 9781781053980

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