OBE is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. She uses her research and practice in the progression of teacher expertise, and curriculum design to improve school embedded approaches to teacher development.
Sam has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education and was a member of the advisory panel for the Department for Education Carter Review of ITT and the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel. She is currently on the OFSTED curriculum review and the DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention advisory groups. She has recently taken on the roles of Deputy Chair of the Doncaster Opportunity Area Board and Chair of the DfE ITE content group. In June 2018 she was named in the Queen’s birthday honours as a recipient of an OBE for services to Higher Education.