Academic Director for Primary Programmes
Sarah is the Academic Director for Primary programmes at St Mary's.
She started at St Mary’s eight years ago as a Visiting Lecturer teaching both on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Education, Early Years and Numeracy prior to joining the team as a permanent member of staff. Sarah then taught primary history across education before joining the Education in Context team - a foundation degree which gives those in the education sector such as HLTA’s the opportunity to continue working in employment whilst studying for a primary foundation degree in education, and applying for the work based route which tops up their degree to a BA Hons and QTS.
Sarah’s own journey into teaching started at St Mary’s as a student. She studied BA(QTS) with History before going on to successfully teach in primary schools. Sarah’s numerous roles within her primary teaching career have varied from Key Stage Two coordinator, to assistant manager to the head teacher.
Over the years Sarah has also had the opportunity to work alongside OFSTED inspection teams, contribute ideas in maths to the examination board Edexcel and promote effective teaching of maths across schools, working as a local authority advisor. She was also fortunate to be part of a team who first initiated the ‘Healthy Schools programme’ which was devised to look at ways to teach children a healthy lifestyle.