Dr Sarah Gillie

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  • Qualifications:EdD; PGCAPP; MA SEN; PGCE (Primary: early years and modern foreign languages); BA (Hons) Applied Language Studies
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 81753
  • Email:Sarah.Gillie@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Since 2016, I have lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a focus on early years and inclusion. I joined UWE in January 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood. My research interests relate to inclusion in education across and beyond 'compulsory' schooling.

A languages graduate, my early career in the financial sector took me across Europe and Asia. In 2004, I followed my vocation and completed my PGCE: Early Years and Modern Foreign Languages at Goldsmiths.
My passion for facilitating children’s communication is fuelled by my own early experience living in a new language and culture, when my father’s work moved our family to Brazil.
Between classroom teaching and joining UWE I worked in learning support with students ranging from primary years to post-graduate level.

My article based on my masters research into executive function  was published in the Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal 14/2017

Gillie, S. (2017) 'The potential for executive function targeted support for learners with specific learning difficulties' Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal 14, pp.8-17.

My doctoral thesis focused on families who home educate when schools are not considered to meet children’s needs. I applied reflexive thematic analysis to qualitative data from 93 survey responses, and 7 family interviews. To understand participants' experiences, relationships and transitions, my theoretical framework combined the work of Victor Turner relating to liminality and the stages of social drama with Urie Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecologial systems model.

Area of expertise

My interests lie in inclusive education – life-long and life-wide


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