Research

Our research is organised across three overlapping themes:

Learner experiences in education settings

This research theme focuses on learner experiences within a range of education settings, e.g. schools and universities. This includes learner experiences of discipline-specific pedagogy (maths, science and literacy). Our work also explores the formation of young people’s ‘choices’ about post-compulsory subjects and future careers.

Current and recent projects:

Learner experiences in education settings

Education policy enactment

Our research explores the development and impact of education policy. We are particularly interested in how education policy is interpreted and experienced by teachers and students. These studies include use of national datasets (e.g. the national pupil database) together with in-depth, longitudinal case studies using interviews in which teachers, school leaders and students talk about their experiences of education policy.

Recent projects have focused on curriculum policy in secondary science and mathematics education.

Education policy enactment

Teachers and teacher change

Teachers are at the heart of attempts to improve educational experiences for young people. The Centre has staff with extensive experience in school teaching and teacher education. Research within this theme is supported through strong links with local schools.

Current and recent projects:

  • Maths Mastery Project – in partnership with Red Kite School Alliance, DfE, 2018-19
  • Leeds Teacher Wellbeing Project – in partnership with NEU and NASUWT, funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, 2019-2021
Teachers and teacher change