Sarah began her career in 1996, when she gained a BA (with Qualified Teacher Status) from Lancaster University. Her first teaching position was as a Year 5 tutor. In 1998, she became a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Head of House and part of the management team in a Suffolk Middle School. She supported children on the special educational needs (SEN) register in Key Stages 2 and 3. She has worked with local Pupil Referral Units and other outside agencies to support pupils. In 2002, she completed an MA in SEN. Her final dissertation was a case study, which looked at behaviour management strategies.
She moved to Liverpool in 2004 and here gained experience from nursery through to post-16. She also worked in her first special school.
Since, she has worked as a Specialist Teacher in both the areas of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Research in 2010 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in 2017.
She became a Tutor for the University of Birmingham’s SEMH course in 2014 and, in their School of Education, has studied for a PhD.
Currently, Sarah teaches on both the BA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion and the MA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. She leads the module 'Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Mental Health' for each. She is also involved in teaching the Northampton Group of the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching.
Sarah's research interest is in the application of attachment theory to the classroom.
The Attuned School; the effects and effectiveness of a significant adult in changing the behaviour of pupils with attachment difficulties. 2017. University of Birmingham.