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Ms Sarah Worton
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20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Tel: 020 7331 5177
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Appointment
  • Student
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Sarah Worton is the Subject Leader for the Social Science PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. Her background is in teaching Social Sciences in Secondary School before moving to Higher Education in 2012. Her research interests are in education policy and she is currently working on her PhD which is investigating the impact of current policy in ITE on schools and universities in England. She has co-designed and co-delivered a comprehensive induction programme for new teacher educators at UCL Institute of Education and abroad and is interested in understanding how those new to the profession are supported in developing a their professional identity. She is also working with a small group of practising teachers and tutors looking at how the sociology curriculum is enacted in the classroom by teachers and how a socially just subject specific pedgagogy might act as a way to empower learners. In 2019-20 she led a Knowledge Exchange of Project on new government Relationships and Sex Education guidance, working with partnership schools and Secondary PGCE student teachers. 


Research Summary

My research interests are in education policy, specifically using a Bourdiesian approach to analyse the current marketisation of initial teacher education.  I am involved in researching the professional identity transition experienced by individuals who enter the teacher education profession and their learning needs.  I am also interested in the ways in which teachers of sociology enact the curriculum in the classroom. 

Conference Papers

  • Brooks, C., Glegg, P., McCrory, K., Saunders, P., Scott C., Willy, T, and Worton, S. (2018) The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Challenge: achieving quality at scale. Symposium to be presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) in Sep 2018, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • Worton, S. (2018) Initial Teacher Education: Conflict or Collaboration? Paper presented at Teacher Education in Europe (TEPE) conference, University of Minho, Portugal. 
  • Worton, S. (2018) Developing Quality Teacher Educators. Paper presented at International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI) in Nov 2018, Beijing Normal University, China.
  • Worton, S. (2019) Initial Teacher Education Policy Reforms: Conflict or Collaboration? A Bourdieusian analysis of the current policy context of initial teacher education in England. Paper to be presented at British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference. Glasgow, UK.

Teaching Summary

I have been working in Higher Education since 2012. Currently I am the Subject Leader for the PGCE in Social Science and I have previously taught on a PG Certificate, Diploma and MA in University Teaching and Learning. Prior to working in Higher Education, I worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher for nine years in secondary school.

Appointments
01-APR-2012 – 01-SEP-2013 Teaching Fellow   Imperial College London, United Kingdom
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