Sarah Adams

BSc Psychology (University of Leicester)
PGCE (University of Leicester)
MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Loughborough University)
MAE:LT (University of Leicester)

Senior Fellow of HEA

After completing the Primary PGCE at the University of Leicester, Sarah taught in a mainstream primary school in Northamptonshire where she quickly became the Early Years Foundation Stage Manager and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) alongside gaining status as a Specialist Leader of Education. Sarah then progressed to Assistant Headteacher at a Special Needs School in Northampton. Alongside her teaching and leadership commitments at the school, she also delivered training to teachers to support their practice to help improve educational outcomes for children in partnership schools.

Sarah joined the School of Education at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Education September 2014. Sarah currently leads the:

Primary PGCE

  • Professional  and Academic Strand Lead
  • Inclusion and Positive Mental Health in Schools Specialism Lead
  • Marketing and Recruitment Tutor Lead

Additionally, she is also the School of Education AccessAbility Tutor. External Examiner and school governor.

Teaching

Sarah teaches on the following courses:

  • Primary PGCE
    • Professional Strand
    • Academic Strand
    • English Strand
  • Secondary PGCE
    • Professional Strand
  • Masters of Education
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

Research Interests

  • Children’s mental health, well-being and resilience
  • Inclusive Education
  • Lesson Study
  • Mental health and well-being in schools

Research Groups

  • BERA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education Special Interest Group
  • University of Leicester Lesson Study Research Group
  • University of Leicester Vulnerable Children Research Group

Research Projects

Understanding the views of key stakeholders on the value, provision and challenges of relationships/sex education in schools?’ (September 2019 to Present)

Led by Professor Peter Cumper (School of Law) an interdisciplinary research team has been created to explore key stakeholders perspectives of the new Relationship Education and Relationship Sex Education curriculum.

Self-harm in primary aged school children in England: the voice of the professionals, parents and children (October 2016 to Present)

Focus of doctoral studies with the University of Leicester

Child-Directed Resilience Research to Improve Mental Well-Being (January 2019 to Present)

Led by Professor Panos Vostanis (Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour), University of Leicester) an innovative international and interdisciplinary research team has been created to explore child participatory methods to give a voice to the most vulnerable children in South Africa

Learning how to teach for positive mental health using a Lesson Study approach (January 2018 to Present)

In collaboration with Professor Wasyl Cajkler (School of Education, University of Leicester) and Dr Michelle O’Reilly (Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour and School of Sociology, Media and Communication, University of Leicester)

Social media and mental health in primary aged school children (October 2018 to Present)

Led by Dr Michelle O’Reilly (Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour and School of Sociology, Media and Communication, University of Leicester) an interdisciplinary research team has been created to explore children’s understanding of the responsibilities when engage with social media

Publications

Adams, S. (2019). School mental health for all. Management in Education.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020619881111

Adams, S., O’Reilly, M. and Karim, K. (2018). Why do teachers need to know about mental health? In C Cardern, (Ed.), Primary Teaching. London: Sage

Dolton, A., Adams, S. & O'Reilly, M. (2019) In the child's voice: the experiences of school children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Griffiths, R. Adams, S., Hastings, S. & Griffiths, J. (2017). Evaluation of the Letterbox Club in Birmingham: Children’s and Foster Carers’ Views 2015-2016. Birmingham City Council and Book Trust

O’Reilly, M., Adams, S., Whiteman, N., Hughes, J., Reilly, P., & Dogra, N. (2018) Whose responsibility is adolescent’s mental health in the UK? Perspectives of key stakeholders. School of Mental Health, 10(4), 450-461

O’Reilly, M., Svirydzenka, N., Adams, S., & Dogra, N. (2018) Review of mental health promotion in schools. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 53(7), 647-662

 

Conferences

Adams, S. (2019). Self-harm in primary school children: the voices of the educational professionals, parents and children. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference Researching Education and Mental Health: Where are we now?, London, 12 July 2019

Adams, S. (2019). Using a lesson study approach to deliver mental health education: student-teacher and mentor perspectives. Round Table Discussion at British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference Researching Education and Mental Health: Where are we now?, London, 12 July 2019

Adams, S. (2019) Self-harm in primary school children: the voices of the educational professionals, parents and children. Paper presented at 4th Suicide and Self-Harm Early and Mid-Career Researchers Forum, Glasgow, 7th June 2019

Adams, S. (2018) A reflection on ‘whose responsibility is children and young people’s mental health’ and the implications for teacher education. Paper presented at 9th Teacher Education Advancement Network Conference, Aston, 11th May

Share this page:

Keep up-to-date with latest from the School of Education by following us on Twitter:

@Leicester_Ed

Contact Us

School of Education
University of Leicester
21 University Road
Leicester
LE1 7RF

Telephone: 0116 252 3688

Email: EducationDept@le.ac.uk

Student complaints procedure

Accessibility

AccessAble logo

The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for 21 University Road.