Sarah’s career in education has included working within a diverse range of settings, with children aged 5 years through to adults. Teaching started in a Worcestershire Middle school, where building on her initial degree she taught mathematics and also sciences. Work followed in the primary sector, where she was afforded the opportunity to take on responsibility for whole school development and leadership in both curriculum (Information Communications Technology) and policy initiatives (Dudley Charter).
It was whilst she was pursuing her Masters degree that Sarah undertook her first post in a HEI specialising in teaching on primary Initial Teacher Education mathematics and ICT Post Graduate and Undergraduate programmes. Her experience and passion for both subjects led to the collaboration and co-authoring of a book bringing the two disciples together.
Further work in school as Director of Learning of Mathematics and dual roles working in mainstream and Universities have provided a rich and rewarding career. Currently she is at Newman where she works in primary ITE mathematics, and a partnership tutor role with local schools.
M.Ed (Distinction) in Information Technology (Birmingham University, 1999)
B.Ed Mathematics and Computer Studies (Birmingham University, 1986)
Primary mathematics education, use of dialogue and problem-solving to enhance learner experience.
Fox, B., Montague-Smith A., and Wilkes, S. (2000) Using ICT in Primary Mathematics: Practice and Possibilities London: David Fulton Publishers
Jordan A, with Carey-Jenkins D, Irving S, Perrigo A, Taylor P, & Wilkes S (2010) Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions of the Values behind the Primary Curriculum in England and the Potential Significance for Future Professional Development in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, Volume 9 Number 3 2010
Wilkes S J (1998) Information Skills at Key Stage 2 in Computer Education, Issue 89, Primary Special