School of Education - Research and Expertise

School celebrates success at REF 2021

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The Linguistic challenges of the transition from primary to secondary school

This ESRC-funded project uses methods from corpus linguistics to explore the linguistic challenges faced by students when they move from primary to secondary school and how these might be addressed.

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REACH (REAding for CompreHension) Primary

The REACH Primary project, funded by the EEF, is an educational trial designed to improve the reading skills of Year 3 pupils through individual support delivered by trained Teaching Assistants.

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The early take-up of Core Mathematics: Successes and Challenges

The Core Maths project investigates how provision of this new post-16 mathematics qualification is developing across England, including why it is succeeding in certain institutions but not in others.

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Our research

Research in the School of Education examines (i) educational processes in formal and informal settings, and (ii) education as a driver for fair and inclusive societies globally.

Our research into educational processes probes pedagogy, assessment, curriculum and teacher development. In investigating education as a driver for societal change, we focus on disability, inclusion, typical and atypical development, the digital turn, issues around equity and poverty, and language, literacies and mobility.

Our work has provoked new ways of understanding the role of language and language education in addressing social inequality and progress; improved pedagogical practice across the life course in schools and higher education; changed approaches to numeracy and literacy development and assessment, and challenged societal understandings of children and young people’s experiences of discrimination, poverty and disadvantage.

Our research helps to improve the lives and learning of children, young people and families in UK, European and global contexts.

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Find out more about current and past research projects within the School of Education.

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Our world-leading research is organised into four research areas, led by staff who are experts in their respective fields.

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Our staff and postgraduate researchers are dedicated to having a positive impact on society through their work, research and teaching.

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We are committed to supporting and developing our researchers at all stages of their career.

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Join our postgraduate research community and pursue your passion with the support of our expert academics. Learn more about PhD and EdD research options.

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The School of Education welcomes applications from academic colleagues worldwide to join us as a Visiting Scholar.

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Find out what our postgraduate researchers think about our their experiences at Leeds and how their careers are developing.

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