Suus-anna Harskamp

Lecturer practitioner, Primary Education Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Passionate about authentic inclusive education, mental health, social justice and children’s rights and with a background of nearly 20 years in education, SEMH, nurture based approaches, trauma informed practices, safeguarding and teacher mentoring.

Twitter: @HarskampEve



Suus-anna's career has been education-focused since qualifying as a teacher in 2004. Her professional drive and ambition has centred around inclusion, equity, systems without stigma and with full and genuine understanding of the importance of positive relationships.
She has extensive professional experience of children’s mental health, wellbeing, safety and equitable access to education, including roles as a mainstream class teacher, specialist SEMH teacher, alternative education provision manager, mainstream senior leader with responsibility for social inclusion and safeguarding, behaviour advisory teacher and resilience training lead.
Suus-anna is now studying for her EdD in resilience in primary education.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

Building resilience in primary education

Areas of expertise

  • Primary education
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Resilience
  • Behaviour
  • Attachment
  • Trauma

Suus-anna's Doctoral research looks to focus on the experience and views of children deemed by professionals ‘in need’ of resilience building and how they feel participating impacts on them. As part of a resilience building intervention, where quantitative data may capture self-reported progress and a randomised control trial shows significant reductions in emotional symptoms among children, she wants to investigate what qualitative output we can capture about their experience, what they deemed to have helped (or not) and why. Essentially what difference does it make, how and why.


  • Primary school teacher (East London)
  • Specialist teacher (East London)
  • Advisory teacher (East London)
  • Primary Education Studies Course (ARU)


Team-Teach (BILD)
Intermediate Team Teach Tutor Certification
 2020 Youth MHFA trainer
MHFA England
 2020 Action Learning Set facilitator
Action Learning Associates
 2018-2023 EdD
Leeds Beckett University; Carnegie School
Resilience in Primary Education
 2015-2016 Brighton University
RAWL module: Facilitated Academic Resilience Approach
 2007-2008 University of Cambridge
Certificate of Further Professional Study
Joint Professional Development for Speech and Language
 2005-2006 The Open University
Post Graduate Diploma in Social Policy & Criminology
 2003-2004 Colegrave Primary School
QTS (GTP Teacher Training)
 1998-2001 Southampton institute (now
BA (Hons) 2:1 Criminology
 1996-1998 Wanstead 6th Form
3 A-levels or equivalent (A-D)
 1991-1996 Wanstead High School
8 GCSEs or equivalent (A-C)

Recent presentations and conferences

  • 29/9/21 Westminster Briefing: Safeguarding Children Conference
  • July 21 Newham NQT induction day
  • 2/3/21 Wellbeing lead for Papyrus Suicide training
  • 26/1/21 Westminster Briefing: Safeguarding in Education
  • 10/12/20 Schools mental health workshop -The integrated Schools Mental Health offer for North East London and Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes STPs
  • Nov 2020 NAHT Conference with Professor Jess Deighton
  • Nov 2020 LBN Children and Young People’s mental health change maker and 50 Steps contributor
  • Oct-Dec 2020 Community of Leadership Programme
  • Nov 2020 Mental Health & Resilience presentation to SACRE
  • Oct–Nov 2020 DfE Wellbeing for Education Return trainer
  • 14/7/20 DfE Local partnerships supporting schools/colleges with CYP mental health
  • 2019 Contribution to Now Press Play Mental Health experience
  • 14/3/18 Round Table hosted by Norman Lamb MP & Minds ahead - Mental Health in school and participation into a short report written by LKMco and Minds Ahead.

Media experience

Limited (local press coverage)