Sarah Cheshire - Senior SLE


North West Region


Fearns Community Sports College, Bacup, Lancashire

Specialist Leader Involvement:

Creation of resources for special needs students participating in a battlefields tour

  • Creation of resources to support the new Edexcel CGSE History course
  • Contributing to pre-tour staff CPD sessions
  • Leading a school based First World War themed day of activities
  • Remember 1917 Competition – regional heat organiser for North-West England
  • Legacy 110 Awards – judge for North-West England


Sarah began teaching history in 2001 and worked through different roles of responsibility before being appointed Head of Humanities in 2011. Her department includes history, geography and RE at KS3 and KS4, with an additional four subjects at GCSE level.

We asked Sarah:

1. What interests you about the First World War?

The First World War is an event that shaped the lives of so many. To learn more about the conflict is to recognise the sacrifices made by those at home and abroad both military and civilian. So many different people experienced so many different aspects of the same conflict – each story is unique and personal, and it is important to me as an individual that we absorb as much as we can in order to preserve the memory of the millions involved.

2. Why did you apply to become one of our Specialist Leaders?

I am very passionate about remembrance and believe that teaching the First World War is instrumental in continuing this. Visiting the memorial to my great-uncle at Tyne Cot was a very humbling experience for me and made me consider the conflict in a more personal manner. It inspired me to apply for the post of Specialist Leader in First World War Education, and I hope that by becoming a Specialist Leader I can encourage and inspire others to consider different dimensions of the conflict in order to emphasise the importance of remembrance and the story of the individual.

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