Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon MA, BA Hons,

Senior Lecturer in Primary Education and Early Years, Course leader PGCE in Early Years / Primary Education


I have worked in Early Years, Inclusion and Creative Partnerships for the last 20 years. I have worked across the maintained, private and independent sector.

My main interests are in collaborative creative projects, projects supporting families and communities and multiagency partnerships. I am also continuing research into research practice partnerships, using coaching as a method of staff development. How do we equip our next generation of educators to effectively work with children and young people.

I am currently a TWiTCH coach and Trauma informed schools trainer.


I have worked in the Early Years and the Primary Sector for over 20 years now. I have worked in Private nurseries, children centres, nursery schools, Independent schools, schools, local authorities, initial teacher training and universities. I have worked as a Teacher, Consultant, Assistant Head Teacher, Senco, Lecturer, Trainer, Mentor, Coach and Assessor.

I have been lucky to have a wide and varied experience in the education sector.

Early Years Education



Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Courses taught:

Course leader PGCE Early Years and Primary

Senior lecturer PGCE Early Years and Primary and Early Years lead

Modules taught:

Early Years Science Lead

Inclusion and SEND module and ITAP across PGCE, BA and BATL

Masters tutor

TIS trainer


Talk With Tales for Children (TWiTCH) a professional development programme to promote high quality adult-child interactions in early years settings. The TWiTCH programme is delivered by the Sheffield Institute of Education, part of Sheffield Hallam University. As part of the Department for Education’s Early Years Recovery Programme, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is working with Stronger Practice Hubs across England to fund Early Years settings’ access to evidence-informed programmes and study the programme’s influence on practice and children’s outcomes. This initiative aims to support education recovery following the pandemic, whilst also developing our understanding of effective professional development in the early years.

Meadows research nursery is the result of a unique partnership involving Sheffield Hallam University, Watercliffe Meadow Primary School, Sheffield City Council and Save the Children UK. The partnership aims to improve outcomes for children in the local area, helping them achieve their potential through research and innovation in early years education and care. We are currently involving students with real life work and projects in Meadows.

TWiTCH coach - Education Endowment Foundation (2023). 'Talk with tales for children' (TWiTCH).

Collaboration with Meadows research nursery -

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