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Religious Education

Literary theory and re-reading narrative within Biblical texts especially through a feminist lens

RSE (Relationship and Sex Education): policy and school context

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education): policy and school context including work on RSE and Mental Health


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Research interests

  • Holocaust and genocide education within a school context, and post-holocaust theology in the classroom
  • Literary theory and re-reading narrative within Biblical texts especially through a feminist lens
  • RSE (Relationship and Sex Education): policy and school context
  • PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education): policy and school context including work on RSE and Mental Health
  • Secondary School based subject mentors as ‘HEI teachers’ through their work with students undertaking professional courses
  • Tutoring and managing ‘the tutor’ in a HEI context


Sarah is currently responsible for the University based secondary PGDipED Religious Education course. Her current role involves university based training and seminar sessions for Religious Education trainees and working closely with partnership mentors and schools delivering training. Sarah also is a supervisor to PhD candidates working in Religion, Religious Education and RSE/Mental health and works with those undertaking the MA in Teaching and Learning. Sarah is the lead for TE2 which focuses on PSHE study and school based work; this course is delivered to the entire primary and secondary PGDipEd cohort during university based weeks. Sarah helps to run, with a school based colleague, the Birmingham RE Teacher Meet sessions which take place, here at the University, and are open to all RE trainees and those teaching RE in schools across the partnership and beyond.

Sarah is also involved in the wider University as a lead in the Birmingham Project and also works closely with colleagues in Theology and Philosophy. In the School of Education, Sarah has been involved in a Peer Collaborative Conversations project and working with humanities ITE method tutors to develop new ways of delivering creative collaborative pedagogy and andragogy. Sarah is also currently an external examiner for several other PGCE courses and is a member of the Education Board of the Religious Education Council and on the editorial board of the British Journal of RE.  Sarah has worked for OCR Exam board since 2006 in a variety of senior examining roles within the field of Religious Studies at both GCSE and AS/A2 levels specifically within the subject areas of Judaism, Jewish scriptures and Hebrew. 

She has worked at local and national level writing, developing and trialling Religious Education syllabuses and resources.

Sarah has a very keen interest in Holocaust education. She has taken part in national and international programmes focusing on Holocaust educational pedagogy including the Holocaust Education Trust (HET) Teacher Training Seminar, Yad Vashem, Israel (2006),  Lessons From Auschwitz Educator Training, Poland (2007), Yad Vashem International Holocaust Conference, Israel (2007),  Imperial War Museum Graduate Holocaust Fellowship (Dec 2006-2008), Holocaust Education Trust (HET) Teacher CPD in Berlin (2011) and the Yad Vashem International conference in Israel (2014).  Sarah remains an educator on the Lessons From Auschwitz programme working with both 6th form pupils and delivering teacher CPD.

In this video clip, KS3 pupils learn about the Holocaust.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Philosophy, BA (Hons) Religions and Theology, 2: 1 (Department of Theology, The University of Manchester). Study areas: The Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Biblical Hebrew, Archaeology of Palestine, Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew Bible, New Testament Title of dissertation: Ezekiel: prophet, politician or psychiatric patient? , University of Manchester

1 Sept 1996Jun 1999

Award Date: 6 Jul 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, Fully funded AHRC scholarship, Passed on viva voce with no corrections. Title of thesis: The 2Sam6DAN – A narrative quest for the ark (Q1) and for the honour and glory of kingship (Q2). A narratological analysis of 2 Sam. 6-7:3 utilising an examination of plot sequences, narrative structure and story ideology., University of Manchester

1 Sept 20001 Aug 2004

Award Date: 1 Nov 2004

Master of Arts, MA Biblical Studies, Distinction (Department of Biblical Studies, The University of Manchester). Fully Funded University Scholarship Study areas: Egyptology, Biblical Hebrew, Archaeology of Palestine Title of dissertation: Tamar V Tamar. An Inter-textual discussion on the juxtaposition between male and female comprehensions of the rules of relationships within the 2 Samuel 13 and Genesis 38 narratives. , University of Manchester

1 Sept 19991 Aug 2000

Award Date: 1 Nov 2000


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