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Department of Education

Sean Hayes

Honorary Norham Fellow

Sean Hayes is currently Head of Children’s Services Performance and Data in Hounslow Council. He has worked as an educational researcher and a manager of research and statistics staff since 1990, mainly in the field of local government.

Previously he managed teams in two other London councils; Greenwich (2004-2012) and Hammersmith & Fulham (1990-2002) and he has carried out project work in another three LAs; Lambeth, Islington and Essex County Council, as well as serving for two years as Head of Personnel Statistics in Cabinet Office (2002-2004).

He has extensive experience of the responsibilities of local authorities regarding data collection, analysis and research within the field of education, including the historical and current duties placed on local authorities with respect to schools and pupils, and to the range of ways in which they respond locally to a range of government education and social care initiatives.

Sean is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), holding the Local Authority and Children’s Services research portfolio and he is currently BERA treasurer.  He has been writing and presenting educational research papers for over 25 years and is a governor at a secondary school in west London and chair of the curriculum committee.

He has have maintained high and sustained levels of collaborative professional practice with current members of The Education Department, in particular with Professor Steve Strand and he has been providing expertise to his research projects.  He is on the advisory group for his ESRC project analyzing the National Pupil Database, which is attempting to explore associations between the ethnicity of pupils and Special Educational Needs (SEN).  He will also be supporting his future research projects, including acting in an advisory capacity on his project investigating the links between pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and their educational achievement.

Research Interests

Sean’s research interests are mainly quantitative and relate to educational assessment and attainment and the intersection of social class, race and gender. A significant educational interest is in the provision of high quality performance data analysis for schools.

Papers in the public domain
  • Hayes, S. & Gul, R. (2017). The effect of changing assessment frameworks on London’s educational success; continuous improvement or fragile gains? Presented at BERA Annual Conference in 2017.
  • Hayes, S. & Kacorzyk, J. (2017). Outcomes of Looked After Children in 2016: Special Educational Needs. (Hounslow Council).
  • Hayes, S. (2016). Pupil Place Planning Peer Review in Lambeth. (Lambeth Council).
  • Hayes, S. & Cassen, R. (2014). The transformational shift in educational outcomes in London 2003 to 2013: the contribution of local authorities. Presented at BERA Annual Conference in 2014.
  • Hayes, S. (2014). Virtual School for LAC – Annual Report 2012/13. (Hounslow Council Corporate Parenting Panel
  • Hayes,S. (2013). Educational in Islington – Annual Report 2012. (Islington Council)
  • Hayes, S. & Morgan, A. (2012).  An evaluation of the Future Leaders Programme 2010/11.  (Future Leaders Charitable Trust – UK).
Book contributions
  • Hayes, S. (2012). Raising Attainment. Chapter in the book: Preparing to teach in secondary schools. (McGraw Hill – UK)
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