Sarah Lynch

Research Manager, +44 (0)1753 637192

Sarah works in the Research Department’s Centre for Evaluation and Consultancy and manages a range of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation projects for a variety of clients, including the Department for Education and the Sutton Trust.

Sarah manages research which forms part of NFER’s own portfolio of work relating to teacher recruitment and retention. This includes the recent research on teacher retention, Engaging Teachers, and the follow-up project on the retention of headteachers, Keeping Your Head. Both projects involve quantitative analysis of secondary datasets and qualitative interviews with teachers and headteachers. She is currently managing an element of a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which explores in greater depth the key factors associated with teacher retention and draws comparisons between the teaching, policing and nursing sectors.

Sarah has an interest in social mobility and is currently managing the evaluation of the Sutton Scholars programme for the Sutton Trust. The programme aims to support highly able yet disadvantaged secondary school students to access university. The evaluation involves surveys of students and programme case studies.

She is also a member of NFER’s Education Trials Unit which delivers all aspects of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in educational settings.