Staff profile

Dr Sarah Charles

Deputy Head of Department of Professional Studies, Discipline Lead: Provider Led Primary ITE and EYTS


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Deputy Head of Department of Professional Studies: Head of Provider Led Primary ITE and EYTS. As such, I have responsibility for overseeing the leadership/management of the Core PGCE, BEd and EYTS programmes.

I teach on a number of modules across these programmes and supervise a range of Independent Studies. 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 different ITE programmes 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 MA in Education (Distinction). This provided me with the opportunity to join the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer. I have recently completed 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 doctoral research explored stakeholder attitudes towards students, with dyslexia, studying on ITE programmes.

My current research explores ITE student preparedness to addressed homophobic bullying in the primary and secondary school.

I also have a keen interest in gender issues and Learning Beyond the Classroom.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Recent conferences

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

Charles, S. (2011) Professions with dyslexia, Professionalism Conference: University of Derby

Charles, S. (2012) Using ICT to remove barriers to learning, SEND Conference: University of Derby

Charles, S. (2012) The role of technology to support learners, TEAN: University of Aston

Charles, S. (2015) Dyslexia spells trouble, Ed.D Colloquium: Oxford Brooks University

Charles, S. (2017) Can't spell, can't teach? TEAN: University of Aston