Deborah is a research officer working within the Child Development and Learning group. Current projects include an EEF funded project on Working Memory; an EEF funded evaluation project for the onebillion app with Nottingham University, and a roll out project with the NCETM of the Reasoning First mathematical programme.
Since 2001, Deborah has worked in research at Oxford Brookes University and since 2005 at the University of Oxford, Department of Education, on projects funded by the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the NDCS and the EEF to include work on mathematical reasoning, morphemes in spelling and working memory with both hearing and deaf children. Research interests include effective interventions to support learning in the Primary classroom.
Before joining the Department, Deborah gained a BA(Hons) degree in Anthropology and English, and a PGCE from Brookes University. She studied for a MA in Education and a post graduate diploma in Psychology. She taught in primary schools for 20 years, with specialism in special educational needs, working with children on the autistic spectrum and in a unit for children with behavioural needs.