Dr Sarah Hall

Dr Sarah Hall

School of Education
Lecturer in Religious Education

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Sarah worked in a large Manchester school as Head of department for eight years teaching KS3 and KS4 Religious Studies and Citizenship and KS5 Philosophy, Ethics, New Testament and Hebrew Bible. She is passionate about delivering creative, innovative and inspirational Religious Education which has at its core a promotion of pupil based reflective enquiry. She was the Secondary RE School-based Advisor for the Manchester Diocesan (Church of England) and continues to work in senior roles within GCSE/A Level examining. Sarah has a particular interest in Holocaust and tolerance education and has worked for the Holocaust Education Trust as an educator since 2006 on its Lesson from Auschwitz programme.

Sarah’s previous teaching experience within Higher Education has been as a lecturer within the field of Biblical Studies at BA and MA level specifically within the areas of Biblical Hebrew, Introduction to Religion and Theology and Hebrew Bible (The University of Manchester 2000-2004).


  • Sept 2005-June 2006: PGCE Secondary Religious Studies with MA enhancement. St Martin’s College, Lancaster.
  • 2009-2010 Leadership Pathways. NCSL. (Now the NCTL)
  • Sept 2000-Sept 2004: PhD Biblical Studies, The University of Manchester
  • Sept 1999-Sept 2000: MA Biblical Studies, The University of Manchester
  • Sept 1996-Sept 1999: BA (Hons) Religions and Theology, The University of Manchester


Sarah is passionate about the role that good Religious Education has in shaping young people lives and equipping them for the modern world as reflective and tolerant thinkers. She has an extensive vocabulary of teaching and learning strategies which inspire pupils to enquire and respond to religion in a creative and reflective way and has detailed knowledge of, and understanding of, the Religious Education/Religious Studies syllabuses within both faith and non-faith schools.

Recently, she was the Secondary RE school-based adviser for the Manchester Diocesan and as such, has experience of working with colleagues across the Diocesan and beyond on current RE national developments. Sarah has worked for the OCR Exam board since 2006 in a variety of senior examining roles within the field of Religious Studies at both GCSE and AS/A2 levels specifically within the subject areas of Judaism, Jewish scriptures and Hebrew.

She has worked at local and national level writing, developing and trialling Religious Education syllabuses and resources, the most recent being a contributor to the new Oldham Religious Education Syllabus “Thinking, Enquiry, Creativity, Response” (2014-2019) 

Sarah has a very keen interest in Holocaust education and the wider questions of tolerance education within the classroom. She has taken part in many national and international programmes focusing on Holocaust educational pedagogy including the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) Teacher Training Seminar, Yad Vashem, Israel (2006), Lessons From Auschwitz Educator Training, Poland (2007), Yad Vashem International Holocaust Conference, Israel (2007), Imperial War Museum Graduate Holocaust Fellowship (Dec 2006-2008), Holocaust Education Trust (HET) Teacher CPD in Berlin (2011) and the upcoming Yad Vashem International conference in Israel (2014). Sarah presented a seminar to an international audience on teaching Holocaust within the KS3 Religious Studies/Education classroom at the Yad Vashem conference 2011 and remains an educator on the Lessons From Auschwitz programme working with both 6th form pupils and delivering teacher CPD.


Current teaching responsibilities include PGDipEd (QTS) Religious Education trainees


Her research interests include:

  • Holocaust education within the RE/RS classroom and wider issues of tolerance education
  • Teaching and Learning strategies and their impact upon differentiation and stretch and challenge
  • RE and art
  • Growth mindset

Other activities

She is an active member of the Girl Guiding Association as a Guide leader.
Sarah is a member of The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS).


Hall, Sarah (2008), Survival Skills in S. Elton Chalcroft, A. Hansen and S. Twiselton (eds.) Doing Classroom Research. A step-by-step Guide for Student teachers. (OUP, 2008), ISBN: 13 -9780335228768 Book details