Dr Sarah Alix

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Sarah's main area of expertise is within primary education, also within working with 'looked after children', and children with challenging behaviour.



Sarah has been working as a Senior Lecturer for over five years, leading a post-graduate course and teaching on a range of programmes.

Sarah has previously been a local authority teacher and adviser for behaviour management in Essex, working in 16 schools within an inter-professional context. She delivered County training and supported individual children and teachers.

Sarah has experience working as a primary school teacher, teaching year one through to year six. She held the position of science co-ordinator/leader and was part of the SENCO team in a large primary school.

Sarah has completed an EdDoc (Doctorate of Education) at Brunel University.

Research interests

  • Working with 'looked after children' and education improvement
  • Primary school teaching

Sarah is currently researching experiences of professionals working with 'looked after children' in an educational context.

Areas of research supervision

Sarah would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Initial teacher training
  • Classroom behaviour management
  • Primary school teaching
  • Looked after children
Recent and current doctoral supervision as second supervisor:
  • A critical examination of the impact of the implementation of the Education, Health and Care Plan on organisation(s) and stakeholders supporting children and young adults with special educational needs: a case study (current)
  • Exploring the use of a solution focused approach to develop academic buoyancy in Key Stage Two learners (current)
  • How do secondary school staff in a specific school in Essex receive and then apply information about recognising and meeting the mental health needs of their pupils? (current)


Teaching on Education and Childhood studies undergraduate and post-graduate courses.


  • EdD Doctorate in Education, Brunel University
  • MA Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning (HE), Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCE Primary, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, The Open University
  • Certificate in Humanities, The Open University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • BAAF, British Association of Adoption and Fostering
  • MBPsS, British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the Fostering Information Exchange Group

Selected recent publications

EdD thesis on BURA

Paper in preparation with Dr Andrew Green and Dr Deborah Jones; ‘Looked After Children and Education: A Review of the Literature’.

Paper in preparation with Dr Andrew Green and Dr Deborah Jones; ‘Looked After Children: An Inquiry into trainee Primary Teachers' Perceptions and Experiences and Implications for Training and Continuing Professional Development’.

Paper in preparation with Professor Mike Watts; ‘Cared for Research on Looked After Children’.

Recent presentations and conferences

A Child’s World - Working Together for a Better Future conference, Aberystwyth University, 2012

Poster Presentation, Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014

Research Conferences, Brunel University, 2012, 2013, 2014

University College Suffolk, Child and Childhoods conference, 2015