Staff profile

Dr Sarah Charles

Head of Discipline: Primary ITE

Sarah Charles at an open day.


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As Head of Discipline for Primary ITE I have responsibility for overseeing the leadership/management of the Core PGCE, School Direct Primary, BEd/MEdu and iPGCE programmes. I also teach on a range of modules across these programmes and supervise a number of Doctoral students. 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.

Teaching responsibilities

I continue to teach on a variety of modules across the Primary Teacher Education undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, including modules relating to computing, gender, race and class, 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


Recent conferences

My most recent conference presentations relate to dyslexia and addressing LGBT+ issues in education.  Conferences where I have presented my research include the British Dyslexia Association International Conference (Telford), the National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference (London), TEAN conference (Birmingham) and the International Perspectives in Education International Conference (Buxton and Belgium). 

In the media

Online blogs

Charles, S. (2019) 'DfE's new teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy: Redemption for the Teaching Profession?' available at

Charles, S. and A. Hardman (2018) 'Teaching a burnt out profession?'  available at

Charles, S. and A. Hardman (2018) '10 reasons to get into teaching' available at

Charles, S. and A. Hardman (2017) 'Teaching - a Mary Celeste Profession?' available at

Charles, S. and A. Hardman (2017) 'Teacher retention rates; Quick fixes won't solve the problem' available at

Recent publications

Charles, S. (2019). 'Dyslexia Spells Trouble' in V. Chiou, O. Holz, N. Oruç & F. Shelton, F. (eds) International Insights: Equality in Education. Waxmann: Germany

Blog Posts

Home schooling

Following advice from Dr Sarah Charles about home schooling your children. This blog explores how stressful it can be to structure home schooling.

Dr Sarah Charles, Head of the University of Derby's Institute of Education, offers advice on home schooling for parents and carers during school closures prompted by coronavirus outbreak

10 reasons to get into teaching

With teaching as a profession in the spotlight for its 'stress epidemic' we have top 10 reasons why you should go into teaching.