Education and schools

We have a long record of researching education and schools, and this forms a major part of our project portfolio. We have made a real difference to education policy and practice – from changing school admissions policy to helping schools conduct research and development projects.

Our research in this area focuses on two aspects of education and schools

  • policy and curriculum research covering a range of educational policy work, the key subjects of English/Literacy, Mathematics, Science and SEN, as well as cross-cutting and other curriculum studies
  • teachers' and leaders development and careers, covering the professional development, recruitment and retention of staff in the schools and wider education sectors

Example outputs, impact and public engagement

Our projects have led to a number of policy and practice seminars. We have

  • presented on Level 6 tests to the Test Development Team at the Standards and Testing Agency (2013)
  • presented to the Science Learning Centre Network international research seminar (2012)
  • been invited panellists at the Royal Academy of Engineering STEM evaluation symposium series (2011)
  • presented the key note speech to the PSHE Association conference (2011)
  • presented a symposium on the NQTQIS Early Career Teacher development project to policy makers and at the British Educational Research Association annual conference (2011)

The studies have led to policy and practice briefings on

  • evaluating STEM initiatives [link]
  • development for the whole school workforce [link]

These studies have influenced educational policy on

  • Key Stage 2 testing
  • whole school training and development
  • support for collaborative CPD in mathematics
  • the role of national centres in supporting science and mathematics CPD

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Engage Evaluation

A 3 year evaluation of ENGAGE (Equipping the Next Generation for Active Engagement in Science) project led by Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and funded by 7th...


Evaluation of the Beyond Booked Up Programme

Evaluation of a targeted programme for secondary schools aimed at supporting reading, writing and the spoken language.The evaluation had three strands: an expert review to assess the resources being used in schools, a teacher...


Transition to KS2

The aim of the project is to identify factors that may explain why some pupils in junior schools in the Rotherham area are not achieving at the same progression rates as pupils in through primaries and similar junior schools.


Study of the Impact of the Prince's Teaching Institute Schools Programme

Initial work on a longitudinal study of the work of the Prince's Teaching Institute's 'Schools Programme' a residential-based subject-focussed


Think Forward

An evaluation of The Private Equity Foundation: Think Forward project. This is a Random Control Trial evaluation of an intervention designed to boost educational aspirations and attainment through the use of coaches working with young people in danger of becoming


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