Sarah is currently responsible for the University based secondary PGDipED Religious Education course and the Religious Education School Direct route. Her current role involves university based training and seminar sessions for Religious Education trainees and working closely with partnership mentors and schools delivering training. Sarah is also acting as second supervisor to two PhD candidates and also works with those undertaking the MA in Teaching and Learning and Undergraduate dissertations in the field of education and religion. Sarah also provides the primary course ITE course with the necessary training and seminars on Religious Education within a KS1-2 framework. Sarah also is the lead for the Whole School Issues course which is delivered to the entire secondary PGDipEd cohort during university based weeks. Sarah helps to run, with a school based colleague, the Birmingham RE Teacher Meet sessions which take place, here at the University, and are open to all RE trainees and those teaching RE in schools across the partnership and beyond.
Sarah is also involved in the wider University as a lead in the Birmingham Project and also works closely with colleagues in Theology and Philosophy. In the School of Education, Sarah has been involved in a Peer Collaborative Conversations project and working with humanities ITE method tutors to develop new ways of delivering creative collaborative pedagogy and andragogy. Sarah is also currently an external examiner for another RE PGCE course.
Sarah is particularly interested in Holocaust and art as a way of approaching this emotive area of study and delivered a recent joint paper at the British Association for Holocaust Studies, 2nd International Conference on Teaching the Holocaust through art and the use of the Birmingham RE syllabus 24 dispositions. Sarah is also very interested in experiential learning, growth-mind-set and wellbeing/SRE/PSHE and how this can be developed for a new generation of learners. She leads the PSHE programme for secondary trainees in which they get to gain a qualification in PSHE teaching. Sarah held the post as Secondary RE school-based adviser for Manchester Diocesan and as such has experience of working with colleagues across the Diocesan and beyond; she is currently an elected member of the Birmingham Church of England Education board. Sarah has worked for 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. She has taken part in 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 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.
In this video clip, KS3 pupils learn about the Holocaust.