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Sarah works in the Research Department’s Centre for Evaluation and Consultancy and manages a range of research and evaluation projects for a variety of clients, including the Department for Education. She has managed a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects across a range of areas. She is currently leading 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 a current follow-up project on the retention of headteachers. Both projects involve quantitative analysis of secondary datasets and qualitative interviews with teachers and headteachers.
Sarah is also a member of NFER’s Education Trials Unit which delivers all aspects of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in educational settings. She also has an interest in the areas of health education (particularly alcohol education and life skills), learner support, and transitions to adulthood.