Dr Sarah Chicken

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  • Qualifications:Senior Fellow (HEA) PhD, M.Ed (maths Ed.), PG Dip SEN, PG CERT EY, PGCE (primary and EY), BA (Hons) Ancient History and Literature
  • Position:Senior Lecturer : Childhood and Education
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 84198
  • Email:Sarah.Chicken@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Education at UWE, Bristol and  have taught and managed within a diverse range of educational settings within the UK and internationally over the last 30 years. I began my career as a teacher in Wales before moving to a Reggio Emilian inspired setting in Bangkok, Thailand which was life changing.   I have substantial expertise in early childhood from both sociological and educational perspectives  and for a number of years  I was on the Board of Sightlines which supports Reggio Emilian inspired practice within the UK.   My areas of interest include children's rights, the voice of the child and democratically and critical pedagogies. Please contact me for doctoral supervision in this area.    

I hold Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy status and co-convene the BRIDGE research group, Researching with Children and Young People.

As an adult with dyspraxia, I aim to raise awareness of the condition and to support the move towards viewing neurodiversity in a more positive light in all that I do and hold a range of qualifications related to SEN and neurodivergence which have involved associated research. 

Area of expertise

 Research interests:

  • Dialogic curriculum models which recognise the voice of the learner with a focus on young children
  • Inclusive pedagogical  practices for neurodivergent children and young people

Current projects


2020- current

Co-I with Welsh Children's Rights Network (Swansea University, Trinity St David, Cardiff Metropolitan, University South Wales)

'Developing understandings of the enactment of children's rights within curricula for young children.'

Live project, currently looking for external funding

PI with Debbie Lewis, Simon Hall, Alice Hortrop (HAS)

'Exploring inclusive and innovative assessment practices through the eyes of neurodivergent students and staff via a participatory research approach'.


UWE Pedagogic Project Funding


2021 PI with Dyspraxia Foundation. 'An exploration of the lived experience of young people with a diagnosis of dyspraxia/DCD in key stage 2-5 mainstream educational provision during lockdowns.'UWE ACE Faculty Funding


Doctoral Students

Julie Smith  (completion, 2020)

'It's our Job to take the limits away': A Case Study approach to exploring a culture of teacher expectations in an English Secondary School, EdD completed 2020

Nagat Elamin (current)

An exploration of practitioners' perceptions and experience of using ICT within contrasting early years settings: a comparative case study. EdD, 2018 -current.

I am a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (ACE) and sit on the Research Panel of the national Dyspraxia Foundation. 


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