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Research Group: The Centre for Educational Policy

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The Centre brings together colleagues working in all areas of policy-related research with specialisms including leadership, school improvement and effectiveness, sociology of education and work, and academic ethics. They seek to influence the development of policy across a wide spectrum of educational contexts and sectors including schools, further education and higher education at the micro, meso and/or macro level.

Group Overview

Bringing ideas together

CEP includes members who have particular strengths in areas including teacher effectiveness, school leadership and improvement, instructional leadership, graduate employability and the labour market, lifelong learning, academic ethics, and student engagement. A wide range of perspectives on policy are incorporated within the Centre including effectiveness approaches based mainly on quantitative methods and policy sociology drawing on both socio-political analysis and qualitative methods.

Centre members have attracted external funding from a range of sources including government agencies, charitable trusts and research societies, and research councils. Their wider policy and scholarship contributions include consultancy for government in the UK and internationally, editing journals, serving on editorial boards, and leadership roles within research societies.

Director of the Centre

Research Staff

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