Sarah took up the position of Principal Lecturer for Primary and Early Years Initial Teacher Training in January 2017. Prior to that she was course leader for the undergraduate BA Primary Education course. She teaches in the primary science team and supports students as a personal tutor and a University tutor whilst they are on school placements. She is involved with recruitment and selection for initial teacher education courses and the quality assurance and development of the courses and the partnership. She is also a designated safeguarding officer at Nottingham Trent University.
Sarah was a primary school teacher prior to working at NTU as a lecturer in primary science. In this role she was science subject leader for the school. Her first career was in nursing where she specialised in the care of people with cancer.
Sarah is interested in the engagement of students in outdoor learning in science and is collaborating with the primary science team to research this issue. She's presented at the Association of Science Education in 2017 and to UCET (Universities council for the education of teachers) and TEAN (Teacher education advancement network) in 2016, following the award of a travel scholarship which allowed her to travel to Northern Norway to explore student engagement in an HEI context.
Sarah was involved as the primary science representative in a project with the European Space Agency (ESA) which saw the development of a ‘Space Case’ resource for pupils to use in primary school to advance their understanding of materials in the context of space. The ‘Space Case’ resource has been adopted by the educational team at ESA.
- Teacher training (routes into teaching, current issues and policy)
- Teacher recruitment and retention– challenges faced and an NTU perspective
- Primary teaching – my teaching focus is primary science and I would be happy to talk generally or more specifically on primary science