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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. […]

Children’s centres improve parenting skills Monday, December 21st, 2015

A Department of Education study says children’s centres across England have successfully reached out to support vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities, especially in supporting parenting skills and confidence. More information… See also: Government ‘buried report on impact of Sure Start cuts’ The Independent, 13/01/2016, p.16, Chaminda Jayanetti Tories buried report revealing how cuts have hurt mums using […]

Background to Success Monday, December 14th, 2015

Pam Sammons, Kati Toth and Kathy Sylva have published a second report funded by the Sutton Trust. The study follows up the EPPSE sample to age 18 and investigates the role of background in shaping the likelihood that young people from different groups continue on an academic route to take AS and A-level qualifications. Entitled […]

Society for Educational Studies book prize Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Dr Liam Gearon, Associate Professor in Religious Education in the Department of Education, University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, has been awarded second prize in the annual book awards of the Society for Educational Studies. Published by Routledge, On Holy Ground: The Theory and Practice of Religious Education is an […]

2015 Teaching Awards Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Bodleian Education Library team is being recognised for a project which uses technological solutions to help students locate reading list items and reference their work correctly. The team worked with the online reference management tool Mendeley to produce accurate bibliographic references, annotated with information from the tutors’ reading lists and with live links to […]

Fostered children ‘get better grades’ Monday, November 30th, 2015

BBC News online, 30/11/2015, Robert Pigott Children in foster care make better educational progress than vulnerable children who remain with troubled families, research suggests. Oxford and Bristol university researchers calculated that the difference amounted to at least six GCSE grades at 16. However, the results of students in both groups were not as good as […]

Arts activities beneficial for disaffected Monday, November 30th, 2015

SecEd (Main), 19/11/2015, p.4, Emma Lee-Potter Arts-based activities like acting and photography are hugely beneficial for youngsters who are disaffected with school, new research has found. A study carried out by the University of Oxford found that taking part in drama, script-writing, poetry, film-making and art sessions helped vulnerable young people to overcome fears of […]

Fostering friendly launch Friday, November 20th, 2015

Oxfordshire County Council in collaboration with the Rees Centre launched its Fostering Friendly Policy on Thursday 19th November at the Department of Education. The policy commits employers to making it as easy as possible for their employees to foster children and young people. Corporate Parenting Manager Matthew Edwards reported that seven companies had adopted the […]

An honorary doctorate for Professor Kathy Sylva Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Professor Kathy Sylva was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Gothenburg on 16 October. Professor Roger Saljo, Dean of the Faculty of Education, said the award was ‘in recognition of her outstanding research on early childhood education’.  The photo shows Professor Sylva receiving a laurel wreath, symbol of  achievement, and she was later given a […]

Research in conversation: Victoria Murphy Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Department of Education’s Professor Victoria Murphy is currently featured on the University’s Research in conversation webpages. In the profile, Professor Murphy, discusses her interdisciplinary  work with other Departments in the university, the Department of Education’s specific role in the field of Applied Linguistics and the importance of bilingualism and language learning in schools. More…

PGCE alum wins Teacher of the Year Monday, October 19th, 2015

Simon Bayliss, PGCE alumnus and current MLT student has won a Silver Teaching Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2015. He teaches science at Oxford Spires Academy. Simon was shortlisted from thousands of nominations for being an inspirational biology teacher and tutor who builds strong relationships with students, parents […]

Jerome Bruner is 100 this week! Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Portrait painting by Beth Marsden Jerome Bruner, psychologist and educator, turns 100 on 1st October! Bruner was closely associated with the Department  where he led the SSRC (now ESRC) Oxford Preschool Research Group from  1975 to 1980.   He had an office in No. 28 Norham Gardens where the research team met regularly, taking coffee in […]

Closing the educational attainment gaps Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Closing the educational attainment gaps at schools in England Research by the Department of Education at Oxford University shows gaps in educational achievement at age 16 have decreased substantially over the last 25 years, particularly in the attainment of different ethnic groups. The research shows pupils from most ethnic minority groups are now on average […]

Translating research into practice is never simple in social care Monday, July 13th, 2015

Guardian Social Care Online 7 July 2015. Article asks how good is the social care sector at building an evidence base? Dr Christina Plafky is a research fellow in evidence informed practice at the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, Department of Education. She says “the complexity of social care and social work means […]

Department seminar series on knowledge exchange and impact Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

In Trinity term 2015, in a joint effort with the Social Sciences Division, OUDE organised a high-profile seminar series on Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment. The six events in the series, five seminars and a final panel discussion, held at Nuffield College and Saïd Business School, provided an opportunity for dialogue […]

House of Commons debate cites Department research Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

On Tuesday 23 June the House of Commons spent 1:20 minutes debating support for pupil with English as an Additional Language (EAL). The debate was secured by Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough, to explore how the Government could assist a number of local authorities to deal with the consequences of large-scale migration of pupils with […]

Children’s centres ‘popular but under pressure Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Department of Education researchers have highlighted how the role of children’s centres across the UK has changed. According to their report, children’s centres have increasingly become more focussed on the most disadvantaged rather than supporting families more generally in some of the poorest communities. More…

Departmental OUSU teaching awards Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The Oxford University Students Union Teaching Awards have been announced and there are several members of the Department who were nominated, shortlisted or a winner in each of four categories. Professor Terezinha Nunes, who was one of 11 shortlisted out of 142 nominees for one of the three Most Acclaimed Lecturer Awards; Dr Rebecca Eynon, […]

Department wins Boat Race! Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Three current students in the Department of Education competed in winning teams in the Boat Races in 2015. Shelley Pearson is in the process of completing her final dissertation in the MSc Education (Child Development and Education) course. Whilst doing her course, she managed to find time to compete in the winning Oxford Women’s Blue […]