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Miss Sarah Adams

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Sarah Adams is a Lecturer in Education Studies in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education, and Language Studies.

Sarah’s career in education began as a qualified primary school teacher. During her time in schools, Sarah held positions of class teacher, Early Years Foundation Stage Lead, Special Education Needs Coordinator, Specialist Leader of Education and Assistant Headteacher. Sarah worked in a mainstream school and a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Sarah then developed her career as a teacher educator. Firstly, in a teaching school whereby she taught on a School Direct programme and as an accredited facilitator for enhancing and improving teachers’ practice through the delivery of two courses. In 2014, Sarah moved onto Higher Education as a Lecture of Education on a Primary PGCE course. She taught and led on the English, Professional Studies and Academic Strands and later became Head of Primary PGCE. Sarah also created and delivered a 30 credit masters module in Mental Health in Schools and supervised masters students dissertations.

Sarah joined the Open University December 2022, whereby she will continue to contribute her specialisms in mental health and wellbeing in schools and inclusion. Her philosophy of education is influenced by humanism, social constructionism, systemic through alongisde the principles advodated in nurture group and theraplay practice.


Teachers’ perspectives on relationships and sex education lessons in England (2023)
Cumper, Peter; Adams, Sarah; Onyejekwe, Kerry and O’Reilly, Michelle
Sex Education, 24(2) (pp. 238-254)

Exploring the practice of 10-11-year-olds as co-researchers: using a hybrid approach in educational research to promote children as interviewers (2023)
O'Reilly, Michelle; Adams, Sarah; Batchelor, Rachel and Levine, Diane
International Journal of Social Research Methodology ((Early Access))