Research Projects

Progression in Primary Languages

Exploring how foreign language knowledge develops in young learners learning French, German, or Spanish in an instructed setting.

Digital Empowerment for Language Teaching (DELTEA)

Examining the role of technology in foreign language teaching and learning in primary school.

Online learning and strategic planning throughout and post lockdown in English secondary schools

Exploring how school leaders strategically manage and plan for online provision of learning through the pandemic restrictions and beyond.

UKRI Policy Fellowship

Dr Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (University of Reading) has been awarded an ESRC-funded UKRI Policy Fellowship.

Subject Choice, Attainment and Representation in (SCARI) Computing project

Determining the factors that relate to better uptake and attainment in computing amongst students from all backgrounds in English secondary schools.

Need For Gender-based Approaches and Early Intervention and Prevention of Poly-victimisation of Girls in Youth Justice and Women in Prison

A recent surge in the number of girls being arrested has highlighted the need to re-evaluate our models for youth justice system involvement, specifically considering gender differences.

Exploring academic leadership development in Qatar

Addressing the gap in research on leadership development in higher education, especially in Arabic-speaking regions, by investigating academic middle leaders’ experiences in Qatar.

Creative Multilingualism: Linguistic Creativity in Language Learning

Exploring how different kinds of texts (poems, newspaper articles) have differing effects on foreign language learning in secondary schools.

Inclusive institutions: enabling and supporting culture change

Promoting inclusion and diversity and support success for underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Employer Engagement Research

Investigating the perceived skills that employers think are essential for workers to have gained through further education, training, and prior experience for employment.

Mapping the characteristics of the ‘ideal’ university learner

Identifying the student characteristics that are valued by staff and students themselves across different disciplines, so staff and students can better recognise and address differences in their expectations.

Digital Education, Accessible Learning (DEAL)

Investigating the accessibility of online learning materials for university-level students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Improving mathematical talk of Key Stage 2 children through co-creating mathematical story picture books

Exploring the extent to which mathematical talk can be fostered through children co-creating short mathematical story picture books.

Primary mathematics teaching in sub-Saharan Africa

Identifying and synthesising research studies on early primary mathematics teaching strategies that are thought to be relevant and appropriate for teachers and students in sub-Saharan Africa.

Improving children’s literacy skills and families’ confidence: Strategy-based family-training for young refugees from Ukraine

Improving development of reading and writing skills of primary-school aged children from Ukraine, who settled in schools in the UK.

Foreign Language Education: Unlocking Reading (FLEUR)

Understanding how helpful different approaches to teaching reading are for children learning to read in a foreign language and moving from primary to secondary school.

Exploring Evaluation Wicked Issues with the Higher Education Sector

Helping the higher education sector design better interventions which will lead to better learning experiences and enhanced longer-term student outcomes.

Primary Modern Languages: The impact of teaching approaches

Tracking the progress and preparedness of young learners of French in England as they moved from primary to secondary school, exploring whether an ‘oracy-based approach’ or a ‘literacy-based approach’ leads to better outcomes for learners

An examination of LGBTQ+ students’ lived experiences in high schools (2021)

Examining the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ students aged 11-18 in six high schools in the south of England.

Gaming Grammar

Making grammar practice engaging and motivating, through a suite of mini-games practising a range of grammar features in French, Spanish, and German.

Analysis of cross-language transfer in early literacy acquisition among bilingual Malay-English speaking children in Malaysia

Investigating the development of reading and reading-related skills in Malay and English in the context of Malaysia, a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country.

National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy

Improving language curriculum design and pedagogy, leading to a higher take up and greater success at GCSE.

Extension of the impact of Early years Provision in Children’s Centres (EPICC) trial on child cognitive and socio-emotional development

Determining whether a dialogic book sharing intervention for parents of children aged two to three years was associated with better child developmental outcomes and parenting.

Supporting the Identity Development of Underrepresented Students (SIDUS)

Promoting inclusion and supporting success for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) students from underrepresented groups at university.

Transferable Vocabulary: Exploring linguistic diversity at the interface between arts, literacy and mathematics with EAL and non-EAL students in mainstream education

Teaching Maths-specific vocabulary using home languages to boost performance of EAL pupils in word-based problems.

4Ps Project: Practitioners & Parents Play Partnership – Strengthening practitioner-parent collaboration through the use of CPD and Play built on Froebelian principles and pedagogy

Helping practitioners and parents work together and enhance children’s opportunities to play through holistic practice.

Maths Through Stories in Early Years: Storybooks approaches to teach number concepts, geometry and spatial thinking and promote mathematical talk and development of vocabulary

Delivering training for early years providers to assist parents with telling mathematical stories to their pre-school child at home.

Identifying and Supporting Reading Difficulties in an Accelerated Learning Programme for Out of School Children in a Sub-Saharan Country

Exploring inclusive literacy teaching practice in an accelerated learning programme in a Sub-Saharan country for children 8-14 years old who have never been to school or have been out of school for more than two years.

Exploring the Role of Associate Deans in UK Universities

Exploring how the underdefined and under-researched role of Associate Dean was defined, perceived and experienced across a range of universities in the UK.