Sarah Hall

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.


Education/Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

    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?

    1 Sep 1996 - Jun 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

    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.

    1 Sep 2000 - 1 Aug 2004
  • Master of Arts, University of Manchester

    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.

    1 Sep 1999 - 1 Aug 2000

Professional Qualifications

  • Leadership Pathways (Headship), National College of School Leadership. ,

    2008 - 2009
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Mentoring, Manchester Metropolitan University., PGCert

    2007 - 2007
  • Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust Education, Imperial War Museum, London.,

    2006 - 2007
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Jewish-Muslim-Christian Relations, Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge., PCert

    2006 - 2007
  • PGCE Secondary Religious Studies with MA enhancement (100 credits), St Martin’s College, Lancaster., PGCE

    Sep 2005 - Jun 2006
  • Recognised Senior Advisor, UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT) ,

    2020 -
  • SAPRE P4C (Philosophy for Children): Level 1 ,

    2017 -
  • Senior Fellowship, Higher Education Academy,

    2017 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

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