Staff profile

Dr Sarah Charles

Head of the Institute of Education

Sarah Charles at an open day.


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As the Head of the Institute of Education, I lead a team of academic staff and managers in the field of Education. The Institute of Education offers a range of courses including foundation year programmes, undergraduate degrees, masters’ degrees, professional doctorates and PhDs. The Institute also has collaborative working arrangements with schools and colleges locally, nationally and internationally.

As a team, we are committed to quality, research-informed provision that encourages critical thinking and the application of knowledge and skills to real life working. I continue to teach a range of modules and supervise a number of doctoral students.

Drawing on both my past and present experiences as a qualified teacher, I aim to motivate the next generation of educators to strive for excellence in their chosen profession. 

Teaching responsibilities

I continue to teach a variety of modules across the Institute of Education, predominantly in the field of Initial Teacher Education. These include modules relating to research methods, professional practice, computing, diversity 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 address homophobic bullying in primary and secondary schools.

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 have related 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), the TEAN conference (Birmingham) and the International Perspectives in Education International Conference (Buxton and Belgium). 

In the media

Online blogs

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

Two University of Derby students sitting opposite each other in converstation

In recent times, the concept of curriculum and what type of curriculum is best for learners has come under much scrutiny. Dr Sarah Charles discusses the importance of an inclusive curriculum.

A small child doing their homework on a desk at home

Dr Sarah Charles explores how difficult and stressful it can be to structure and resource home schooling whilst trying to juggle working from home.

A mother home schooling her child with a laptop

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

Classroom with a pot of pencils and pens and paper

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