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Sarah Adams

Primary PGCE Co-Head of Course Lecturer in Education and School of Education AccessAbility Tutor

School/Department: Education, School of;

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3707

Email: sjca1@leicester.ac.uk

Profile

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

I joined the School of Education at the University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Education September 2014 and took up the post of Co-Head of Primary PGCE September 2021. 

Research

Digital Care of Ethics with Pre-Teens (2022) £10000 Sarah Adams, Dr Michelle O’Reilly, & Dr Di Levine  

Digital Care of Ethics with Pre-Teens (2021) £15000 Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Dr Di Levine & Sarah Adams

Relationship and Sex Education.Tiger Team (2019) £5000 - Prof. Peter Cumper, Dr. Michelle O’Reilly, Sarah Adams & Kerry Onyejekwe 

User-led digital tool to enhance access and impact of child mental health service transformation in LMIC. ESRC Impact Accelerator Account fund (2019) £7500 - Prof. Panos Vostanis, Dr Effie Law, Dr Michelle O’Reilly & Sarah Adams

Mental health and social media. Tiger team - internal University of Leicester (2018) £5000 - Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Dr Effie Law, Dr Natasha Whiteman, Prof Jason Hughes, Prof Nisha Dogra, Sarah Adams & Alicia Blum-Ross

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

 

Publications

(0) Freeland, L., O'Reilly, M., Fleury, J., Adams, S., & Vostanis, P. (2021) Digital Social and Emotional Literacy Intervention for Vulnerable Children in
Brazil: Participants' Experiences. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

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

 
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Supervision

NA

Teaching

Primary PGCE:

  • Professional Strand
  • Academic Strand 

 

Masters of Education:

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

Press and media

No

Awards

Senior Fellow of HEA

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

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

Interests

Research Interests:

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

Qualifications

BSc Psychology (University of Leicester)

PGCE (University of Leicester)

MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Loughborough University)

MAE:LT (University of Leicester)

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