My professional background is within Early Help services as both practitioner and strategic leader. I have enjoyed almost 20 years working in the statutory, voluntary and private sector with the 0 - 19 age range.
I am currently a Staff Tutor for the Open University with line management responsibility for Associate Lecturers.
I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, researching the characteristics of child-centred practice within Early Help workforces.
Since moving to the world of academia 6 years ago, I have led courses for Family and Community Studies and Special Educational Needs and Disability. My teaching interests include safeguarding and well-being, community studies and educational inclusion. I continue to teach for module E102, An Introduction to Childhood Studies and Child Psychology.
Seamlessly transcending the ‘Academic Bump’ to support the new lecturer in higher education (2018)
Bywater, Amy and Mander, Sarah
Research in Post-compulsory Education, 23(2) (pp. 202-212)
Early Help Mechanisms – A mere fad or ground breaking reformation to child protection systems? The importance of interprofessional working; the educational and health perspective (2015-10)
Mander, Sarah and Sturge, Sally
Pedagogy in Practice, 1(2)
Well-being, mental health and the student population (2020-10-30)
In: Williams-Brown, Zeta and Mander, Sarah eds. Childhood Well-being and Resilience: Influences on Educational Outcomes (pp. 33-45)
ISBN : 9780367342432 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
How big is our society? (2017-07)
In: Brown, Zeta ed. Children, Families and Communities:
ISBN : 9781138200760 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Inclusive practice for families (2016-04-29)
Bennett, Kay; Mander, Sarah and Richards, Lynn
In: Brown, Zeta ed. Inclusive Education: perspectives on pedagogy, policy and practice
ISBN : 9781138913899 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
A view through the looking glass: co-creation and innovation - a recipe for success (2023-04)
Mander, Sarah; Fensham-Smith, Amber; Connolly, Nichola and Reeve, Yasmin
In : 7th Biennial International Conference on Access, Participation and Success (26-27 Apr 2023, The Open University, Milton Keynes)
Reflecting upon how we wrote 'Childhood Well-being and Resilience: Influences on Educational Outcomes' (2020-11-25)
Mander, Sarah and Williams-Brown, Zeta
Education Observatory, University of Wolverhampton