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Biography

Sarah completed her PhD at King's in 2020, having gained an Economic and Social Research Council studentship through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

Sarah is an experienced secondary English teacher, Senior Manager and Educational Consultant. She pursues her interest in teacher education by contributing to two Essex-based school centred initial teacher training programmes. She joined King’s as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2020, again funded by the ESRC.

Sarah is primarily interested in teacher education and her doctorate focused on the experience of learning to teach in different postgraduate routes in England. Using ethnographic methods, she explored how secondary English student teachers learn in contrasting settings and how their teacher identities develop during the training year. Her current research is concerned with teacher learning and professional development in initial teacher education programmes. Sarah also contributes to the varied programme offered by CITED (Centre for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development), a partnership between King’s and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research interests

  • Initial teacher education
  • Teacher identity
  • Continuing professional development
  • Ethnography in education

Teaching

Sarah assesses work for the MA Education Management and supervises master's dissertations.