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Inaugural Yidan Prize Ceremony, Hong Kong Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Department of Education was invited by Charles Chen, Founder of the Yidan Prize, to take part in the nomination process for the inaugural Yidan awards. Director of the Department, Jo-Anne Baird, attended the ceremony and conference for the first of 50 years’ prizes held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10 December […]

Engaging Parents Effectively Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Fiona Jelley and Kathy Sylva have published a small-scale evaluation showing that training early years staff to engage with parents through interactive workshops led to positive change in parental home activities that support children’s learning. The work was part of the Parental Engagement Fund, set up by the Sutton Trust in partnership with the Esmée […]

Reading Literacy Around the World – England’s Pupils Among the Best in Europe Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

PIRLS 2016 is the fourth cycle of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) and Pearson have been appointed in partnership by the Department for Education to administer PIRLS 2016 in England. PIRLS 2016 results […]

Jo-Anne Baird on the Integrity of the Exam System at the Education Select Committee Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The House of Commons Education Select Committee are conducting an investigation into the integrity of the English public examination system. The Director of the Department of Education, Professor Jo-Anne Baird gave evidence to the Committee on Tuesday 28 November 2017.  “Whilst recent cases of malpractice by teachers in the Pre-U examination were shocking, they were also […]

New funded PhD (DPhil) on digital innovation in Kenyan hospitals Friday, November 10th, 2017

We have a funded PhD (DPhil) co-supervised by Dr Niall Winters (Dept Education), Prof Mike English (Nuffield Dept Medicine) and Dr Chris Paton (Nuffield Dept Medicine), which will examine the current adoption of digital health innovations in Kenyan hospitals and exploring their potential for improving services and patient care. For more details, please see here. Informal enquires […]

Dr Carol Brown wins BPS Early Career Award Friday, November 10th, 2017

Dr Carol Brown received the British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Early Career Researcher Award at their annual conference in October 2017.   Carol presented work from her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘What motivates A-level students to achieve?  The role of expectations and values.’  Her graduation was on 11 November 2017.  Carol was delighted to […]

Raising Learning Outcomes in Developing Countries Friday, November 10th, 2017

David Johnson, Reader in Comparative Education and Director of the Centre for Comparative and International Education in the Department of Education has been appointed as Programme Research Lead for the ERSC-DFID funded £20 million Raising Learning Outcomes in Educational Systems Research Programme. The position was advertised by the ESRC last year. The Research Programme is […]

Funding awarded for science education workshops Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Professor Sibel Erduran and colleagues have been successful in securing funding from the Lorentz Centre to organise the event entitled “The Role of Science Education in a Changing World”. The event is due to take place from 8-12 January 2018 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Further information is available here.

Associate Professorship of Higher Education Thursday, October 12th, 2017

In association with Linacre College, Oxford. Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Higher Education. The appointment will be made in association with a Fellowship at Linacre College. In exceptional cases, the title of full Professor may be awarded on appointment. The main duties of the post will be: to contribute to […]

Department of Education number 1 Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Department of Education, University of Oxford is proud of its achievements and pleased that the Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked our department number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the world. Click here for further details. We combine a world-class research environment (we are the top rated Education department in the […]

Report on literacy and foundation learning Monday, September 25th, 2017

A review authored by Sonali Nag examines the quality and range of tools used to measure literacy and foundational learning in developing countries. The review covers the assessment of language and literacy skills in children from age 3 to 14 (or preschool to Grade 8). It also includes assessment tools from studies published between 1990 […]

National Association for the Teaching of English Award Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Dr Velda Elliott has been presented with the National Association for the Teaching of English Research Award 2017. She was nominated for the award for the ‘tremendous amount of support’ she has ‘given the subject discipline, the journal [English in Education] and NATE, through her papers, reviews and general presence.’ The award is presented at […]

New Rees Centre Deputy Director Monday, July 10th, 2017

Dr Lisa Holmes has been appointed Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Rees Centre from October 2017. Lisa has an international reputation for her research on fostering and child welfare and is joining us from her role as the Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research at the University of Loughborough.  […]

PGCE student to represent UK at Invictus Games Monday, June 12th, 2017

PGCE Chemistry (Pembroke) student Faith Fordham is a Royal Navy veteran who lives in Oxfordshire. She was medically discharged in 2011 having sustained minor physical injuries in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Faith has been successfully combining her PGCE studies with intensive training and she has now been selected […]

Pam Sammons named Outstanding Graduate Supervisor Monday, May 15th, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that Professor Pam Sammons has won the Outstanding Graduate Supervisor Award. She accepted her prize on 11th May at the OUSU Teaching Awards at the Town Hall in Oxford. On the night, Professor Sarah Whatmore, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) gave a short address commending the hard work of all the nominees. There were a […]

William T. Davis award Friday, May 5th, 2017

Professors Christopher Day, Qing Gu & Pam Sammons have been presented with this Award for a paper in the Educational Administration Quarterly, the most prestigious American journal in that area, at the Division A meeting of AERA this year. They are the first English academics to receive it since its establishment in 1979. The William […]

University Pro-Proctor Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

On Wednesday 15 March Professor Alis Oancea concluded her term as a Pro-Proctor of the University at a ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre. The office of Proctor dates from at least 1209. Oxford’s two Proctors and the four Pro-Proctors who deputise for them are senior academic officers of the university who ensure that the University […]

New portrait of Professor Kathy Sylva Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Professor Kathy Sylva, OBE, is one of the inspirational people who “have made enormous contributions to Oxford life and to society more widely” (Dr Rebecca Surrender, PVC for Equality and Diversity), celebrated in a series of portraits recently commissioned by the University of Oxford. Sitters were selected from over a hundred nominations. Her portrait was […]

The importance of early education Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The British Association for Early Childhood Education has published a paper led by academics at Oxford. They warned against basing policy on a recent paper which claims to find only a weak link between the presence of graduates in preschool provision and children’s outcomes. Further information Sammons, P., Sylva, K., Hall, J., Siraj, I. Melhuish, […]

Professorship of Education Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The University is seeking to appoint a scholar with a social science background in a relevant discipline and with an international reputation in the field of education. Applications are encouraged from candidates who have an outstanding record of contributing to one or more of the following areas: Teacher professional practice Education policy Sociology and/or economics […]

Go_girl project receives new funding Friday, February 24th, 2017

The Department’s Go_girl: code+create project, funded in its first year by a University’s IT Innovation Challenges award, has received funding from Goldman Sachs Gives. The interdisciplinary research project complements existing programmes aimed at widening access to the University of Oxford and is run in partnership with the Oxfordshire County Council, through youth worker Mel Jewell. […]

Professor Oancea Norway appointment Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Professor Alis Oancea has been appointed to the International Advisory Panel on teacher education reform in Norway, the first meeting of which was held on 13-14 February 2017 in Oslo. Over two years, the Panel’s remit is to provide advice, recommendations and feedback to primary and lower secondary teacher education institutions, the Norwegian National Council […]

Sure Start worked Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Professor Sammons led a team of researchers who conducted research for the Department of Education that found many positive effects of the Sure Start programme for children and families. The report was recently covered by The Guardian Download the report.

Timpson funding for attachment research Monday, January 16th, 2017

Retailer Timpson Ltd supports fostering and education research at Oxford A generous gift of £750,000 from service retailer Timpson Ltd will be used to fund a new research programme at the REES Centre for Research in Fostering and Education. The REES Centre is based in the University of Oxford’s Department for Education, and aims to […]

Dr Colin Brock Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Dr Colin Brock, who died on 30 December 2016, was well known to the Oxford Department for his unstinting support of the work in comparative and international education. A geographer by origin, Colin was educated at Rutlish School (where one of his fellow pupils was John Major) and at the University of Durham.  After periods […]

Professor John Furlong OBE Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Congratulations to Professor John Furlong, Emeritus Professor of Education and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, who has been appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to research in education and government. A former Director of the Department of Education and a former President of the British Educational Research Association, John is a member of […]

Department Nominating Organisation for Yidan Prize Monday, December 19th, 2016

Mr Charles Chen, founder of Tencent, and Chinese philanthropist, launched the Yidan Prize in education in May 2016. In launching the prize, Mr Chen recognises the transformative power of education for the good of humanity.  On 7th December, Mr Chen and colleagues met with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, Professor Roger Goodman, Head of Social Sciences, and members […]

Starting out right Monday, December 19th, 2016

Opportunities to narrow the achievement gap between children in care and their peers are being missed because too many of them do not receive good quality early education places, according to new research funded by the Nuffield Foundation. This recent report by Sandra Mathers, Charlotte Clancy and colleagues from the University of Oxford FELL research […]

Appointment as Deputy Chief Regulator at Ofqual Monday, December 12th, 2016

Dr Michelle Meadows, Research Associate at OUCEA, has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Regulator at the examinations regulator, Ofqual. Dr Meadows has been an Associate at OUCEA for a number of years and is currently collaborating with the Department on the Linear examinations policy project.  More information about Dr Meadows’ background can be found […]

Professor Charles Hulme appointment Thursday, December 1st, 2016

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Hulme as Professor of Psychology and Education. Charles Hulme is Professor of Psychology at University College London.  Charles has broad research interests in reading, language and memory processes and their development and is an expert on randomized controlled trials in Education.  His work on reading development […]

An ‘EasyPeasy’ way to improve school readiness skills Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Researchers in the department have found that a new app for parents can lead to increased parental confidence in setting boundaries with their children and to gains in their preschoolers’ cognitive self regulation. Fiona Jelley, Kathy Sylva and Arjette Karemaker found that children gained in task concentration and persistence after 18 weeks of playing the […]

Wellcome Trust symposium grant Friday, November 18th, 2016

Dr Niall Winters and Dr Anne Geniets from the Department of Education (Oxford Network on Health Care Training, Social Justice and Technology and LNTRG) and Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College London) have been awarded a Wellcome Trust small grant to host the first KCL-Oxford Symposium on ‘Ethics of Innovative Technologies for Improving Health in Low-Income […]

How can we design better schools? Monday, November 14th, 2016

In a new video, Hau Ming Tse, a Research Fellow in the Department of Education, as well as students and teachers from Northfleet Technology College talk about how the design of their new school building has affected learning. The new school building was designed by architects, teachers and students to ensure that their modern style […]

Mastery approaches to Maths teaching Monday, November 7th, 2016

A one year  RCT  evaluation of the Inspire maths mastery approach to teaching mathematics for primary age children has been conducted at the Department of Education in Oxford. The research team (James Hall, Ariel Lindorff and Pam Sammons)  found significant positive effects on young children’s achievement  after two terms  use of the programme. The mixed […]

Academy of Social Sciences fellowship award Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In recognition of her contribution to the field of educational assessment, Professor Jo-Anne Baird has been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences. This recognition offers an excellent opportunity to contribute directly to important debates and decisions about the future of social science in the UK. The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy […]

Oxford Education Deanery in VC’s Oration Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

In her first oration, Professor Louise Richardson set out her vision for Oxford highlighting the work of the Education Deanery, acknowledging the expertise of the Education Department and the significant work being done with local schools.   An extract of her speech is quoted here: “As an institution populated by educators we, of course, have […]

University tops World University Rankings Monday, September 26th, 2016

The University of Oxford has become the first British university ever to occupy top position in the global table, which judges the performance of 980 universities across 79 countries. Only two other institutions have headed the rankings since their inauguration thirteen years ago – California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Harvard University. Times Higher Education […]

go_girl project features in impact film Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Department of Education’s project “go_girl:code+create” is featured in a new impact film by the University of Oxford. Go_girl:code+create, which is funded by the University of Oxford’s IT Services IT Innovation Challenges, is an interdisciplinary project run in collaboration with the Early Intervention Hub of the Oxfordshire County Council. It complements existing programmes aimed at widening access to higher […]

BERA Dissertation Award to 2015 DPhil graduate Friday, September 16th, 2016

Dr Sanja Djerasimovic has been awarded the second prize in the BERA Dissertation Awards for her DPhil thesis on the “Formation of the civic education policy as a discursive project in post-2000 Serbia” (Supervisors: Professor Alis Oancea and Professor Ingrid Lunt, awarded 2015). In her thesis, Dr Djerasimovic examines the making of an education policy […]

A new breed of secondary schools Monday, September 12th, 2016

Professor Ewart Keep, director of the SKOPE research centre will be chairing a session at a symposium organised by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and funded by the Nuffield Foundation on schooling transitions at age 14. A new breed of secondary schools, such as UTCs and Studio Schools, requires pupils to move schools […]

Professor Baird appointed Standing Adviser to Education Select Committee Friday, August 5th, 2016

Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Director of Oxford’s Department of Education, has been appointed Standing Specialist Adviser on Education to the Select Committee on Education. The Education Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to monitor the policy, administration and spending of the Department for Education and its associated arm’s-length bodies, including Ofsted and Ofqual. The role […]

ESRC featured research: mobile technology Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The ESRC have featured the Department’s work on mobile health training in Kenya as one of their on-going series of impact case studies. Project director Dr Niall Winters said “The support of ESRC-DFID was critical for developing state-of-the-art mobile applications to help train health workers in Kenya”. Research Fellow, Dr. Anne Geniets added “ESRC-DFID’s promotion […]

Honorary Doctorate for Judy Sebba Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Professor Judy Sebba is one of 10 remarkable people honoured by the University of Sussex for achieving excellence in public and academic life. Prior to directing the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, she was the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education and Social Work at the University […]

Appointment of Dr Sonali Nag Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sonali Nag as Associate Professor of Education and the Developing Child. Sonali is a professionally qualified clinical psychologist, working at the interface of psychology and education.  She is an Honorary Director of The Promise Foundation, an Indian Charity with a focus on the mental health, education […]

SKOPE blog on The Post-16 Skills Plan Monday, July 18th, 2016

Ewart Keep, director of SKOPE, has written a blog analysing the government’s recently published 16+ Skills Plan. The plan is the official response to the Sainsbury Review’s recommendations on the future of Technical Education.  The blog identifies a number of issues that will face government and its agencies in implementing the Sainsbury Review recommendations, particularly […]

Professorial title for Alis Oancea Thursday, July 14th, 2016

In recognition of Alis Oancea’s contribution to the field of education and the philosophy of education, she has been awarded the title of Professor. Alis’ work on educational structures such as the Research Excellence Framework, funding and knowledge exchange and impact mechanisms have been particularly influential.  Her overarching research interest is in research policy and […]

Sibel Erduran appointed as Professor Science Education Monday, June 27th, 2016

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sibel Erduran as Professor Science Education. Sibel is currently Chair of STEM Education at University of Limerick where she is the Director of EPI-STEM, National Centre for STEM Education. She also holds a Distinguished Chair Professor position at National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan funded by the Taiwan Global Networking […]

An OBE for Ted Melhuish Friday, June 17th, 2016

We are proud to announce that Professor Edward Melhuish, research professor at both the University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London, is appointed OBE for services to social science. At Oxford he is based in the Department of Education, where he studies social and communicative development from birth to adulthood, including the effect of […]

Death of Jerome Bruner Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The Department is sad to announce the death of Jerome Bruner, psychologist and educator, in New York on 6 June. Jerry led an Early Childhood research project in 1976-1979 in the Department, where he worked in a room on the top floor of No 28 Norham Gardens alongside post-docs and local practitioners. A video of […]

A new statistical tool Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Dr. Daniel Caro has developed a statistical tool in the R programming language for the analysis of international assessment data, such as PISA, TIMSS, and PIRLS. This tool is called the R package ‘intsvy’. The ‘intsvy’ package provides tools for merging, analysing and visualising results of international assessment datasets. He has conducted workshops on ‘intsvy’ […]

Believing in Better Friday, June 3rd, 2016

A new report was published today by the Sutton trust. Believing in Better (authors Pam Sammons, Katalin Toth and Kathy Sylva)  is the third in a series funded by the Sutton Trust that are based on an A-level  follow up of the EPPSE 3-16 sample. The latest report shows that students’ aspirations and self-belief influence A […]

Niall Winters appointed as co-editor of BJET Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

BERA has announced the appointment of a new editorial team for the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET). After a highly competitive process, Carina Girvan (Cardiff), Sara Hennessy (Cambridge), Manolis Mavrikis (UCL), Sara Price (UCL) and Niall Winters (Oxford) will take over editing BJET on 1st July 2016 and their term will initially run until December 2019. […]

Effective marking practices Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Could teachers mark less but mark smarter? Dr Victoria Elliott, Professor Jo-Anne Baird, Dr Therese N Hopfenbeck, Dr Jenni Ingram, Dr Ian Thompson, Natalie Usher and Mae Zantout (OUDE) together with James Richardson and Robbie Coleman (EEF) have published a review of the evidence on written marking. The report, ‘A Marked Improvement?’ is published by […]

Assessment for Learning in Africa Thursday, April 28th, 2016

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING IN AFRICA (AFLA): Improving Pedagogy and Assessment for Numeracy in Foundation Years The Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment has been awarded £695,210 following its successful bid to the ESRC-DfID to conduct research on formative assessment in primary school early years’ numeracy contexts in Tanzania, East Africa and two sites in South […]

Improving language in the early years Monday, April 18th, 2016

The Department of Education has been awarded a grant of £900,000 by the Education Endowment Foundation to implement and test an early years intervention designed to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. The programme aims to improve children’s language and social-behavioural outcomes, by training nursery and reception teachers to use self-assessment tools called the Environment Rating Scales […]

Minister mentions Department research Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson quoted extensively from the Nuffield-funded research undertaken by a team from the University of Oxford Department of Education (Sebba, Luke, Strand, Fletcher, Sinclair, O’Higgins) and University of Bristol. He gave a keynote speech at the Annual Conference of Virtual School Heads in York on 22 March in which he said: […]

Challenging the grudging consensus behind the REF Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Times Higher Education Supplement online, 25/03/2016, Alis Oancea Alis Oancea, associate professor in the philosophy of education at Oxford University, writes about research assessment exercises and the introduction of impact assessment in particular. She notes a recent online resource produced at the University of Oxford based on primary research that identified five layers of practice and meaning-making that […]

Seminar Series award Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Dr Liam Gearon, Department of Education, University of Oxford, with a multi-institutional/ inter-disciplinary team of researchers has been awarded the 2016 Society for Educational Seminar Series. The theme of the seminar series is Education, Security and Intelligence Studies. The award builds on the Guest Edited special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies on […]

Newton/Al-Farabi Researcher Links grant Monday, February 29th, 2016

Dr Maia Chankseliani (University of Oxford) and Dr Aisi Li (Nazarbayev University) have been awarded The Newton-Al-Farabi Researcher Links grant. The two researchers will be organising an international workshop in Kazakhstan on Escaping the exclusion or sustaining the privilege? A complex reality of student mobility from Kazakhstan. This workshop will focus on how outbound student […]

BETT award for school improvement project Monday, January 25th, 2016

Oxford University Press School Improvement Pathways wins BETT award A school improvement resource designed by Oxford University Press, and linked with OUDE, has won a prestigious BETT 2016* award for ICT Leadership & Management Solutions. OUP School Improvement Pathways is an online system for primary school practitioners to address school improvement issues and learn about best practice. […]