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.