Sarah began her career in 1996, when she gained a BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) from Lancaster University. Her first teaching position was as a Year 5 tutor. In 1998, she became a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Head of House and part of the management team in a Suffolk Middle School. She supported children on the special educational needs (SEN) register in Key Stages 2 and 3. She has worked with local Pupil Referral Units and other outside agencies to support pupils. In 2002, she completed an MA in SEN. Her final dissertation was a case study, which looked at behaviour management strategies.
She moved to Liverpool in 2004 and here gained experience from nursery through to post-16. She also worked in her first special school.
Since, she has worked as a Specialist Teacher in both the areas of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Research in 2010 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in 2017.
She became a Tutor for the University of Birmingham’s SEMH course in 2014 and, in their School of Education, has studied for a PhD: her research interests are in the field of applying attachment theory to the classroom context.
Currently, she is also an External Examiner for Oxford Brookes University.
External Examiner , Oxford Brookes University1 Jan 2018 → …
Tutor for SEBD, University of Birmingham1 Sep 2014 → …