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Dr Sarah Louise Martin-Denham


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Associate Professor of Care and Education

I am an Associate Professor of Care and Education and author for SAGE and Routledge. I lead externally funded research for a range of organisations on school exclusion, childhood adversities, and service evaluations in children’s social care.

My passion for child and caregiver voice comes from my experiences as a mother, teacher and due to my own neurodiverse abilities. My ambition is to ensure children and their caregivers are given agency in their education and care decisions.

Watch #pullupachair films co-created with children and families.



Teaching and supervision

I'm Chair of the independent SENCO Network, Convener Interdisciplinary Research Network: Adverse Childhood Experience, and author for SAGE and Routledge publishers. I'm also Co-Chair for the National Working Group: Safeguarding Disabled Children and Second Supervisor for PhD and Professional Doctorate students.

Research interests for potential research students

School exclusion, childhood adversity, special educational needs and disability.

Publications

Number of items: 89.

Article

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) How assessment hubs can contribute to the SEND and AP improvement plan. Schools Week.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Guest Blog: The Unheard Children. Chance UK Blog.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Scott, Nathan (2023) Investigating the characteristics of children in years 5/6 at moderate, high and very high risk of exclusion upon transition to secondary school as reported by SENCOs in the City of Sunderland. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Reflections on the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper. Reflections on the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper. (Unpublished)

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Marginalisation, autism and school exclusion: caregivers' perspectives. Support for Learning, 37 (1). pp. 108-143. ISSN 0268-2141

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) School exclusion, substance misuse and use of weapons: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with children. Support for Learning, 36 (2). ISSN 0268-2141

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Alternatives to school exclusion: interviews with head teachers in England. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1741-2692

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Defining, identifying, and recognising underlying causes of social, emotional and mental health difficulties: Thematic analysis of interviews with headteachers in England’. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. ISSN 1363-2752

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Riding the rollercoaster of school exclusion coupled with drug misuse: The lived experience of caregivers. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 25 (3-4). pp. 244-263. ISSN 1741-2692

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) The impact and measure of adverse childhood experiences: Reflections of undergraduates and graduates in England. Journal of Public Health, ahead. p. 1. ISSN 0943-1853

Reports, briefing/ working papers

Scott, Nathan, Martin-Denham, Sarah, Pinney, Anne and Horridge, Karen (2024) Putting together the data jigsaw: The extent of the linking of administrative datasets on children by Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) in England. Responses to a Freedom of Information request. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Pinney, Anne, Martin-Denham, Sarah, Horridge, Karen and Scott, Nathan (2024) Putting together the data jigsaw: Linking administrative data sets on children with SEND - Learning from local area experience. Discussion Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) What works? – Supporting Ukrainian refugee children in school’. Manual. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah, Scott, Nathan, Horridge, Karen and Pinney, Anne (2023) Putting together the data jigsaw: The extent of the linking of administrative datasets on children by local authorities in England. Responses to a Freedom of Information request. Discussion Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Rees, Jon and Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Investigating the demand on the children’s home accommodation provided for the looked after population in Sunderland City. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Scott, Nathan (2022) Research evaluation of therapeutic support services for children: A local area study. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Co-producing SMART targets for children with SEND: Capturing the authentic voice of children, young people and their caregivers. Other. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Scott, Nathan (2021) Research evaluation of therapeutic support services for children exposed to domestic abuse: A local area study. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED, Sunderland, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Family Group Conferencing: A thematic analysis of families’ perspectives. Other. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) ‘Walking on eggshells’: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of service-users' perspectives of domestic abuse support services. Other. University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Scott, Nathan (2021) A research review of the impact of ‘how to argue better’ training and domestic violence advocates. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) Executive Summary: A review of fixed-period and permanent school exclusions in children with SEN and no SEN designation in the City of Sunderland. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Executive Summary: A review of school exclusion on the mental health, well-being of children and young people in the City of Sunderland. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Executive Summary: An investigation into the perceived enablers and barriers to mainstream schooling: The voices of children excluded from school, their caregivers and professionals. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Executive Summary: The enablers and barriers to successful managed moves: The voice of children, caregivers and professionals. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) Executive summary: What is the prevalence of primary and secondary types of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the City of Sunderland? A national comparative analysis of school census data. Project Report. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) What is the prevalence of primary and secondary types of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the City of Sunderland? A national comparative analysis of school census data. Project Report. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) The enablers and barriers to successful managed moves: The voice of children, caregivers and professionals. Project Report. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) An investigation into the perceived enablers and barriers to mainstream schooling: The voices of children excluded from school, their caregivers and professionals. Project Report. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) A review of fixed-period and permanent school exclusions in children with SEN and no SEN designation in the City of Sunderland. Project Report. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) A review of school exclusion on the mental health, well-being of children and young people in the City of Sunderland. Project Report. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah, Donaghue, Jacob and Benstead, Helen (2017) The prevalence of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) identified in young people, aged 3-16, across the City of Sunderland: University of Sunderland, School of Education. Project Report. University of Sunderland/ Sunderland City Council.

Conference or Workshop Item

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Pinney, Anne (2023) Putting together the data jigsaw: Linking data on children and young people with SEND Learning from local areas. In: UNSPECIFIED.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Engaging voices for change for inclusive special education: University of Chichester. In: Engaging voices for change for inclusive special education, 18th May 2023, Chichester.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences and reducing school exclusion. In: Tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences and reducing school exclusion, 29th March 2023, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Breathing space: Headteachers event, Sunderland. In: Breathing space: Headteacher event, Sunderland, 22nd March 2023.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: Solutions to prevent exclusion: London Borough of Redbridge Headteachers Conference. In: #pullupachair: Solutions to prevent exclusion. London Borough of Redbridge Headteachers Conference, 17 March 2023, London Borough of Redbridge.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Lunch and Learn: #pullupachair. In: Lunch and Learn: #pullupachair, 8th February 2023, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Understanding children's behaviours. In: Understanding children's behaviours, 11 Nov 2021, Durham, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Research dissemination: Social, emotional and mental health and school exclusions in Sunderland. In: Research dissemination: Social, emotional and mental health and school exclusions in Sunderland, 15 Oct 2021, Sunderland, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Preventing school suspension​ Research findings. In: University of Sunderland PGCE Research conference, 16 Sep 2021, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) School exclusion: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with parents of children with autism in the UK. In: BERA conference 2021, 8- 10 Sep 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Research findings ​ School exclusions, mental health and autism. In: National Working Group: Safeguarding Disabled Children, 30 June 2021, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) School exclusion, substance misuse and use of weapons. In: Inclusion for all: the power of pupil voice for learners with SEND, 24 March 2021, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Sharing research findings School exclusions and mental health. In: Department for Education: Dissemination of Exclusions Research Findings, 30/11/2020, Teams.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Sharing research findings: School exclusions and mental health. In: Sharing research findings: School exclusions and mental health, 30 Nov 2020, Online, Department for Education.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) The use of theographs to understand the journeys of children excluded from school. In: Centre for Research in Education: Seminar Series, November 10 2020, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Drugs and School Exclusion: Sharing research findings. In: Department of Health and Social Care Independent Review of Drugs, October 7 2020, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Behaviour is Language: Lessons from research. In: Behaviour is Language - Virtual International Conference, July 10 2020, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) School Exclusions and Mental Health. In: My child, my life, my family - Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference, June 25 2020, Online.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) WomenEd. In: #WomenEd Sunderland, NE England. Celebrating women #IWD20, 3 March 2020, University of Sunderland, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2019) NHS SEND Workstream: Linking health and education data on children with SEND in Sunderland: a 'proof of concept' project. In: NHS SEND Workstream, November 18 2019, Council for Disabled Children, Hackney, UK.

Book

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Co-producing SMART targets for children with SEND: Capturing the authentic voice of children, young people and their caregivers. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781032199313

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Watts, Steve (2019) SENCO Handbook: Leading Provision and Practice. Corwin Press, London. ISBN 9781526465702

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2015) Teaching Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: 0-25 years. Sage, London. ISBN 9781446294338

Thesis

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Applying the lens of Paulo Freire to evaluate exclusion from school in England. Doctoral thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

Film/Video

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #minuteoftruth - Film 1. What we thought English schools would be like. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #minuteoftruth - Film 2. Things we don't understand. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #minuteoftruth - Film 3. What would help us manage in school. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Film 6 #seeme. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 1 - Barriers to thriving in mainstream school. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 2 - Impact of school exclusion on our children. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 3 - Impact of school exclusion on parents. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 4 Solutions to preventing school exclusion. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 5 – Barriers to thriving in mainstream school. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 6 Protective and risk factors for school exclusion. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 7 - How we believe we are seen. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair (parents) Film 8 - Solutions to preventing exclusion from school. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair: Film 3 Belonging, relationships and connections EYFS and Primary. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair: Film 4 Finding solutions to prevent school exclusion EYFS and KS1. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair: Film 7 Recognising and responding to adversity Secondary School. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair: Film 8 Belonging, relationships and connections. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) Pullupachair: Film 9 Finding solutions to prevent school exclusion. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Pullupachair: Film 1 Recognising and responding to adversity EYFS and Primary. [Film/Video]

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) Pullupachair: Film 2 Recognising and responding to adversity Key Stage 2. [Film/Video]

Audio

Lonbay, Sarah and Deacon, Lesley (2023) The Portal Podcast: Domestic abuse services for men, women, and children. [Audio]

Other

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: Finding solutions to prevent exclusion from school: Secondary school settings. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: Finding solutions to prevent exclusion from school: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and primary school. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: Recognising and responding to adversities to prevent exclusion from school: Secondary school settings. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: Recognising and responding to adversities to prevent exclusion from school: Early Years Foundation Stage and primary school. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: The importance of belonging, relationships and connections to prevent exclusion from school: Secondary school settings. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2023) #pullupachair: The importance of belonging, relationships and connections to prevent exclusion from school: Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and primary school. University of Sunderland, University of Sunderland Website.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2022) BACD News. British Academy of Childhood Disability.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) The benefits of school exclusion: Research with headteachers in England. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2021) Alternative approaches to school exclusion: Perspectives of headteachers in England. University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Isolation booth to school exclusion: We need to find a better way [Blog post]. BERA Blog.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) Out of sight, out of mind? Managed moves in England. UNSPECIFIED.

Martin-Denham, Sarah (2020) Social, emotional and mental health and school exclusions research [Commissioned research study]. University of Sunderland.

Martin-Denham, Sarah and Donaghue, Jacob (2020) Excluding children for no real reason: What is the extent of the use of the category ‘other’ in reporting the reasons for fixed and permanent school exclusion in England? University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

This list was generated on Wed Jul 24 07:35:41 2024 BST.

My research passion to date has focused on developing evidence-based practices to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and/or school exclusion.

This research is fundamental to developing teachers' and other professionals’ knowledge and understanding of children’s multi-faceted needs so they can achieve better holistic outcomes in and outside of school.

As a researcher, my interests are in the importance of creating a sense of belonging and the capturing of authentic child and caregiver voices at the heart of policy.

Last updated 03 June 2024