Mrs Sarah Charles

Position: Deputy Head of Department: Professional Studies Discipline Lead: Provider Led Primary ITE and EYTS Core PGCE Programme Leader Senior Lecturer in Primary Education

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

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I am the Deputy Head of Department of Professional Studies, being the Discipline Lead for Provider Led Primary ITE and EYTS.  In addition, I am the Core Primary PGCE programme Leader. As part of my Programme Leader role, I oversee the leadership/management of the Core PGCE programme from the interview process through to Transition to Teaching. As a result of my wider roles and responsibilities, I teach on a range of modules on the Core PGCE, School Direct, BEd and MA Ed programmes. I also supervise a range of Independent Studies on both the BEd and MA Ed. Drawing on both past and present experiences in the classroom, I aim to motivate the next generation of classroom practitioners to strive for excellence in their chosen profession. I am forward thinking and proactive in course design to ensure the Core PGCE programme meets the demands of the teaching profession and to best equip newly qualified teachers as they enter their NQT year.

Professional interests

Having taught in the Primary Sector for over ten years, I completed my MEd. This provided me with the opportunity to join the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer. I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Education.

Whilst employed at the University of Derby, I have led and lectured on a variety of modules across the Primary Teacher Education undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, including modules relating to Computing/ICT, gender, race and class in education, child development, the historical development of the British education system and Learning Beyond the Classroom.

Research interests

My current research explores stakeholder attitudes towards students, with dyslexia, studying on ITE programmes.  I also have a keen interest in gender issues and Learning Beyond the Classroom.


  • B.A (Hons) Sociology, UCE
  • PGCE , University of Derby
  • M.A in Education, University of Derby

Recent conferences

Charles, S. and Thompson J. (2010) Using ICT to support dyslexic learners TEAN Conference, University of Glasgow

Charles, S. (2012) Using ICT to support dyslexic learners SEND Conference, University of Derby

Charles, S. (2012) Using ICT to support dyslexic learners TEAN, University of Aston

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