Sarah Brownsword
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Personal profile


Sarah Brownsword is a lecturer in Primary education; she teaches the English and Primary Languages components of the Primary PGCE course and is the course co-director. Sarah also supervises students on the BA Education Studies, MA EPR and MA SLE. 

After graduating with a degree in French & German from the University of Leicester in 1996, Sarah embarked on a period of teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad. Firstly, in France teaching in a university and later in Indonesia working in language schools and a bilingual primary school. 

Sarah completed the Primary PGCE with a specialism in Primary Languages and the MA in Advanced Educational Practice, both at UEA. Her MA research dissertation focussed on the role of technology in children's writing. Sarah is currently studying for an EdD, where she is researching diverse representation in children's books. 

Sarah has taught in primary and middle schools in Norfolk and Suffolk where she held positions as Senior Teacher, English subject leader, SENCo and county moderator for KS2. She completed an Early Career Leadership course in her second year of teaching and has completed the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Sarah is interested in race and diversity in education, particularly in the context of children's literature and reading; and improving teachers' racial literacy. She is a member of UEA's Race Equality Charter working group and a steering group member of UEA's University of Sanctuary group. 

Sarah co-convenes the English in ITE Special Interest group for the UKLA.  

Teaching Interests

Sarah Brownsword is a lecturer on the Primary PGCE; she teaches the English and Primary Languages components of the course and is the course co-director. Sarah also teaches on the BA Education Studies degree. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Bachelor of Arts, University of Leicester

Award Date: 9 Jul 1996

External positions

External Examiner, University of Worcester

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