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Caroline Sadler

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Courses taught:

Starting her teaching career in 2000, Caroline has substantial primary school teaching and headship experience within a range of schools in London and Kent. She has particular interest in supporting economically disadvantaged and ensuring SEND children receive the very best education. She is now part of the teaching team at ARU and the Course Leader for the BEd Primary Education with QTS in Cambridge as part of our newly accredited provision to award Qualified Teacher Status.

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Caroline started her teaching career in London and gained many fantastic opportunities to develop both her subject knowledge and leadership skills. She has taught in large maintained primary schools and a preparatory school in London, plus she has also been a KS3 Geography teacher within the independent sector. She was a Headteacher for ten years in Kent and in this role led a junior school out of special measures, plus she was a Headteacher of both good and outstanding Ofsted rated schools too. Her headships were in economically deprived areas of Kent, which meant they had many disadvantaged children, and this resulted in her being a key speaker at the annual Kent County Council disadvantaged pupil conference due to the progress that this group of children made at her school. She also has a lot of experience of both teaching children with SEND and being a Headteacher of schools that had specialist resource provisions for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Hearing Impairments too, which is where she learnt British Sign Language. Over the last couple of years, she has been a lecturer at a local university teaching on the primary education PGCE course, and was also the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) 3-7 Primary Education (with QTS).

She has recently been appointed to ARU to lead the new BEd Primary Education with QTS degree running from ARU Cambridge campus in September 2024.

Research interests
  • Socio-economic status, plus ethnicity and the role it plays in children’s language development in the Early Years.
  • Developing children’s language through shared picture book experiences.
  • Teaching young children self-regulation through books.
  • Self-regulation and early writing skills.
  • Currently studying for PhD at ARU.

Caroline currently teaches on the following modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Perspectives on the Child 3: Inclusion, SEND and Developmental Differences
  • Counselling Level 3
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • MA Geography in Education (UCL)
  • BA(Ed) Geography and the Environment (University of Reading)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Associate Fellow of Royal Geographical Society