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Durham University

Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE)

Research Briefings

New Working Paper: What works in attracting and keeping teachers

This new working paper from Beng Huat See, Rebecca Morris, Stephen Gorard, Nada El-Soufi, Sophia Abdi and Binwei Lu details a review of the best current evidence on what works in attracting and keeping teachers in the profession. You can read the paper here:

What works in attracting and keeping teachers working paper


Teachers' workload and wellbeing during COVID-19

The second report in our series which looks at teachers' responses to the coronavirus pandemic is now available. This report considers teachers' workload, wellbeing and the use of educational technology.

Teachers' workload and wellbeing report


Write Across Project Evaluation Report

Recently, we acted as the independent evaluator of the Write Across project. Write Across aims to improve writing outcomes for children across transition from primary to secondary education by supporting teachers to develop their pedagogical and subject knowledge and for children to develop the self-regulation and metacognition skills needed to be effective writers.

We can present the evaluation report, which is available to read here.


New reports on teachers' response to the coronavirus pandemic

Dr Beng Huat See has been working in collaboration with Schoolszone to conduct surveys to find out more about teachers' response to the current coronavirus pandemic. We can now share the first in a series of reports with findings from these survey, which looks at whether teachers feel safe to return to work.

Teachers' response to schools reopening report from Dr Beng Huat See, Lindsey Wardle and Philip Collie.


Who wants to be a teacher?

As part of a current ESRC funded project into teacher shortages, we have surveyed undergraduates at universities in England to find out more about who wants to be a teacher. Prof Stephen Gorard, Dr Ourania Ventista, Dr Rebecca Morris and Dr Beng Huat See discuss their findings in this working paper

Who wants to be a teacher? Findings from a survey of undergraduates in England Working Paper


New: Evaluation of National Literacy Trust's Literacy for Life programme

Our new evaluation of National Literacy Trust's Literacy for Life programme by Dr Beng Huat See, Prof Stephen Gorard, Dr Rebecca Morris and Dr Nadia Siddiqui is now available.


New research briefings on Pupil Premium and teacher supply

To mark this year's Evidence Week, we are releasing new research briefings on Pupil Premium and teacher supply. Our Pupil Premium paper looks at how we can find evidence on the impact of the Pupil Premium policy, which was introduced in England in 2010. On teacher supply, we consider how we can attract and retain teachers in hard to staff areas.

Research Briefing: The difficulties in judging what difference the Pupil Premium has made

Research Briefing: Attracting and retaining teachers in hard to staff areas


Using contextualised admissions to widen access to higher education: a guide to the evidence base

Our first research briefing from Professor Vikki Boliver, Professor Stephen Gorard and Dr. Nadia Siddiqui explores the issue of widening access to Higher Education. The briefing offers recommendations to HE providers on how contextualised admissions could work as a policy for widening participation.

Research Briefing No. 1: Contextualised admissions to widen access to HE