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Sarah Wilton-Rhead – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Sarah Wilton-Rhead is a Programme Director and Senior Lecturer on the Secondary PGCE programme. Sarah is passionate about supporting future teachers in their training and development to ensure they qualify as confident and capable practitioners. Sarah has a strong interest in coaching and mentoring – enabling Bath Spa Teachers to move forwards and achieve their goals.

Sarah qualified as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at Bath Spa University in 2007, before going on to teach Mathematics in Secondary schools in Wiltshire. She spent several years working as an Advanced Skills Teacher for Mathematics for the Wiltshire local authority, supporting teachers and departments across the county in enhancing Mathematics provision.

She then went on to become a Specialist Leader in Education, with responsibilities for Initial Teacher Education, Mathematics and teaching and learning. Sarah joined Bath Spa University as a member of staff in 2016.

One of Sarah’s key areas of interest stems around cultures of collaboration in schools that support pedagogical development. Sarah has focussed her research around interpretations of ‘teaching for mastery’ and the enactment of mastery pedagogies. 

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Education and Psychology
  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics
  • Advanced Skills Teacher Status
  • Specialist Leader in Education
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • MA Professional Practice

Other external roles

Sarah works as a Trustee for The Palladian Academy Trust where she is part of the Quality of Education committee. Sarah has worked in school governance for over six years. 

Sarah has worked as a Lead Evaluator at the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and enjoys working across the Primary and Secondary phase assessing the impact of professional development in schools. Sarah has also worked with leaders of Mathematics and Core Mathematics “Teacher Subject Specialism Training” programs across the South West to help them develop and evaluate their programmes. 

Teaching specialisms

  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education

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