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Sarah Batty

Lecturer - PGCE Secondary History

Sarah Batty

About Research

Tel: 020 8240 4261


Sarah had almost twenty years of experience teaching history in secondary schools in the state and independent sectors as a classroom teacher and Head of Department before moving into Higher Education. In addition, she 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 the 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 the Primary PGCE History and Masters modules for SCITT training programmes.

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

Sarah holds a BA in History and Religious Studies (Combined Hons), PGCE (Secondary History), and an MA in History (Distinction.) She is an alumna of St Mary’s.

External Examiner

  • Liverpool Hope University (2022-2023)


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.
  • The value and effectiveness of feedback to trainee teachers.

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