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Sarah joined the Centre for Assessment at NFER in April 2015. She has worked on KS2 Reading assessments, including writing and reviewing test items, as well as trialling and evaluating the performance of items within schools. Sarah’s current role is as the secondary English specialist within the team developing and delivering the Ofqual National Reference Tests for KS4. As such, she has been heavily involved in the development and review of items, and the construction of complete test instruments.
Sarah studied English Language and English Literature at the University of Liverpool, specialising in Literature and graduating with a first class degree in 2002. She went on to gain a PGCE in Secondary English (with Drama) at the University of York, before spending 12 years as an English teacher at a range of secondary schools in the Midlands and South East England. Sarah has taught all areas of the English curriculum, from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, and also worked with KS2 students at feeder primary schools.
Prior to joining the NFER, Sarah spent 3 ½ years as Head of English and Media, leading on developments within the curriculum and best practice within the department. Other roles have included the development of cross-curricular literacy; introducing vocational curriculum subjects and extra-curricular opportunities for students; coordinating the programme of study for post-16 Guidance; and the mentoring and coaching of other teachers. Sarah was also involved in the national action research project ‘Gender Agenda’, which sought to re-dress the imbalance between girls and boys’ performance in English at secondary level.