Department of Education

Professor Judy Sebba

Professor of Education, CBE

College Affiliation: Green Templeton College

Professor of Education in the Rees Centre, engaging in research mainly on the education of vulnerable children including children in care. Research includes factors that contribute to better educational outcomes, a RCT reading intervention combining book-gifting and paired reading and a national research programme developing an evidence base on attachment and trauma training in schools.

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2011
  • ESRC Peer Reviewer
  • Regular reviewer for six journals

Featured publications

Articles

  • Sebba, J., Luke, N. & Berridge, D. (2018) The educational progress of young people in out-of-home care. Developing Practice, 47
  • O’Higgins, A., Sebba, J., & Gardner, F. (2017). What are the factors associated with educational achievement for children in kinship or foster care: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review. 79, 198-220.

Reports

  • Plumridge, G. & Sebba, J. (2018) Birmingham City Council’s (SIB) Step Down Programme Evaluation – Final Report. Oxford: The Rees Centre
  • Meakings, S., Sebba, J. and Luke, N. (2017) What is known about the placement and outcomes of siblings in foster care? An international literature review. Oxford: The Rees Centre
  • Sebba, J., Luke, N., Rees, A., Plumridge, G., Rodgers, L., Hafesji, K. and Clare Rowsome-Smith (2016) Evaluation of the London Fostering Achievement Programme. Oxford: The Rees Centre.
  • Plumridge, G. & Sebba, J. (2016) The impact of unproven allegations on foster carers. Oxford: The Rees Centre.
  • Sebba, J., Berridge, D., Luke, N., Fletcher, J., Bell, K., Strand, S., Thomas, S., Sinclair, I., O’Higgins, A., (2015) The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England, The Rees Centre and the University of Bristol.
  • O’Higgins, A., Sebba, J. & Luke, N. (2015) What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review. Oxford: Rees Centre
  • Luke, N., Sinclair, I., Woolgar, M. and Sebba, J. (2014) What works in preventing and treating poor mental health in looked after children? London: NSPCC & Oxford: The Rees Centre.

 

Funded Research Projects:

  • RCT on book-gifting and Paired Reading in England and NI (CI. With Queens.)

    2017-2019

    ESRC, £749,000

  • Attachment Awareness in Schools Programme (PI)

    2017-2022

    Timpson Foundation, £750,000

  • The Educational Attainment and Progress of Children in Need and Children in Care (University of Bristol leading)

    2017-2019

    The Nuffield Foundation, £314,000

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Plumridge, G, Sebba, JC (2016) The impact of unproven allegations on foster carers. Oxford: The Rees Centre University of Oxford.

    • Sebba, JC, Berridge, D, Luke, N, Fletcher, J, Bell, K, Strand, S, Thomas, S, Sinclair, I, O'Higgins, A (2015) The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England: Linking Care and Educational Data. Oxford: Rees Centre & Bristol University.

    • Sebba, JC, Luke, N, Berridge, D “The educational progress of young people in out-of-home care”, Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journalE Fernandez (ed.) .

  • Books

    • Coleman, J, Vellacott, J, Solari, G, Solari, M, Luke, N, Sebba, J (2016) Teenagers in Foster Care. Oxford, England: Rees Centre/University of Oxford/University of Bedfordshire/University of Gothenburg.

    • Caw, J, Sebba, J (2013) Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care A Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

    • Rickinson, M, Sebba, J, Edwards, A (2011) Improving research through user engagement.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203831304

  • Book chapters

    • Sebba, J (2012) “Policy and practice in assessment for learning: The experience of selected OECD countries”, In: Assessment and Learning. 157-170
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4135/9781446250808.n10

    • Sebba, J (2007) “Enhancing impact on policymaking through increasing user engagement in research”, In: Educational Research and Policy-Making: Exploring the Border Country Between Research and Policy. 127-143
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203939796

  • Journal articles

    • Sebba, J (2013) “An exploratory review of the role of research mediators in social science”, EVIDENCE & POLICY. 9(3) 391-408.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1332/174426413X662743

    • Dunne, M, Humphreys, S, Dyson, A, Sebba, J, Gallannaugh, F, Muijs, D (2011) “The teaching and learning of pupils in low-attainment sets”, Curriculum Journal. 22(4) 485-513.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09585176.2011.627206

    • Sebba, J, Peacock, A, Difinizio, A, Johnson, M (2011) “Personalisation and special educational needs: Policy Paper 5, Sixth Series, October 2009 Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, - Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, -”, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2010.01189.x

    • Robinson, C, Sebba, J (2010) “Personalising learning through the use of technology”, COMPUTERS & EDUCATION. 54(3) 767-775.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2009.09.021

    • Edwards, A, Sebba, J, Rickinson, M (2007) “Working with users: some implications for educational research”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 33(5) 647-661.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01411920701582199

    • Sebba, J (2000) “Education: Using research evidence to reshape practice”, PUBLIC MONEY & MANAGEMENT. 20(4) 8-10.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9302.00227

    • Sebba, JC, Luke, N, Berridge, D “The educational progress of young people in out-of-home care”, Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journalE Fernandez (ed.) .

  • Reports

    • Plumridge, G, Sebba, JC (2017) “Birmingham City Council’s (SIB) Step Down Programme Evaluation - Report of the Preliminary Findings.”, In: Birmingham City Council’s (SIB) Step Down Programme Evaluation - Report of the Preliminary Findings. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Meakings, S, Sebba, JC, Luke, N (2017) “What is known about the placement and outcomes of siblings in foster care? An international literature review.”, In: What is known about the placement and outcomes of siblings in foster care? An international literature review.. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Sebba, JC (2017) “Evaluation of the Siblings Together Buddy Project”, In: Evaluation of the Siblings Together Buddy Project. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Plumridge, G, Sebba, JC (2016) The impact of unproven allegations on foster carers. Oxford: The Rees Centre University of Oxford.

    • Sebba, JC, Luke, N, Rees, A, Plumridge, G, Rodgers, L, Hafesji, K, Rowsome-Smith, C (2016) “Evaluation of the London Fostering Achievement Programme”, In: Evaluation of the London Fostering Achievement Programme. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Sebba, JC, Berridge, D, Luke, N, Fletcher, J, Bell, K, Strand, S, Thomas, S, Sinclair, I, O'Higgins, A (2015) The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England: Linking Care and Educational Data. Oxford: Rees Centre & Bristol University.

    • O'Higgins, AA, Sebba, J, Luke, N (2015) What is the impact of being in care on the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review.

    • Luke, N, Sinclair, I, Woolgar, M, Sebba, JC (2014) What works in preventing and treating poor mental health in looked after children?. London and Oxford: NSPCC/The Rees Centre.

    • Cosis Brown, H, Sebba, JC, Luke, N (2014) The role of the supervising social worker in foster care. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Höjer, I, Sebba, JC, Luke, N (2014) The impact of fostering on foster carers’ children. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Luke, N, Sebba, JC (2014) Effective parent and child fostering. Oxford: The Rees Centre.

    • Sebba, J, Orr, D, Westbrook, J, Pryor, J, Durrani, N, Adu-Yeboah, C (2013) What are the impacts and cost effectiveness of strategies to improve performance of untrained and under-trained teachers in the classroom in developing countries? A systematic review.

    • Sebba, J, Luke, N (2013) Supporting each other: An international literature review on peer contact between foster carers. Oxford: Rees Centre, University of Oxford.

    • Sebba, J, Luke, N (2013) How are Foster Carers Selected? An international literature review of instruments used within foster care selection. Oxford: Rees Centre.

    • Sebba, J, Aynsley, S, Brown, C (2012) RSA Opening Minds: an evaluative review. London: RSA.

    • Sebba, J (2012) Why do people become foster carers?. Oxford: Rees Centre.

    • Sebba, J, Kent, P, Altendorff, L, Kent, G, Boaler, J (2011) Raising Expectations and Achievement Levels for all Mathematics Students (REALMS): final report to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. London: Esmée Fairbairn.

    • Sebba, J, Gazeley, L, Aynsley, S, Jacklin, A (2011) Evaluation of the Villiers Park Scholars Programme. Foxton: Villiers Park Educational Trust.

    • Sebba, J, Robinson, C (2010) Evaluation of UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award. London: UNICEF UK.

    • Sebba, J (2009) Youth-led innovation: enhancing the skills and capacity of the next generation of innovators. London: NESTA.

    • Sebba, J, Crick, RD, Yu, G, Lawson, H, Harlen, W, Durant, K (2008) Systematic review of research evidence of the impact on students in secondary schools of self and peer assessment. London: EPPI.

    • Sebba, J, Robinson, C, Higgins, S, Mackrill, D (2008) Personalising learning: the learner perspective and their influence on demand. Coventry: Becta.

    • Sebba, J, Fielding, M, Carnie, F (2008) Portsmouth Learning Community: final report on the partnership between Portsmouth Local Authority and University of Sussex.

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