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Sarah Batty

Lecturer - PGCE Secondary History

About Research

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Sarah has almost twenty years of experience teaching secondary History. Following her PGCE at Westminster College in Oxford, she taught history in a range of comprehensive and independent schools in Oxfordshire and across London. In addition, she has taught at a Pupil Referral Unit following an interest in supporting pupils with SEND, those with behavioural issues or pupils excluded from mainstream education.

She completed an MA in History at Kingston University (2014). Her research dissertation focused on the role of the US federal government in upholding the Supreme Court’s ruling on integrated education in the state of Arkansas in 1957.

Sarah moved to Higher Education in 2015, firstly as a link tutor before becoming a lecturer in Secondary History. She designed and established the current PGCE History programme of which she is course lead, and developed partnership links with the National Archives in Kew and the Holocaust Educational Trust. She has taught on other courses such as Primary PGCE History and Masters modules for SCITT training programmes.

Sarah presented at St Mary’s University Learning and Teaching Festival (2021) changes to PGCE Secondary provision and practice as an impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Research profile

Professional memberships

  • Historical Association
  • The Chartered College of Teaching
  • History Teacher Educator Network (HTEN)

Research interests

  • Pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in history education
  • Providing meaningful feedback on lesson observation to trainee teachers

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