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Dr Nadia Siddiqui

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Research Fellow in the School of Applied Social Sciences
Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education

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Nadia Siddiqui is a research fellow at Durham University. She joined School of Education after completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham. She is also involved in research conducted at School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University. She is co-investigator in two ESRC-Secondary Data Initiative projects.

She is currently leading a Nuffield Foundation study of the non-cognitive impacts of teaching Philosophy for Children in primary schools, and a study with Annual Statistics of Education Research (ASER) data of the intakes to and results from schools in Pakistan. She is author of several peer-reviewed journal articles on research methods, evaluations of school-based interventions, and equity in education. She is a co-investigator in the projects funded by Education Endowment Foundation, Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE), Peter Sowerby Foundation.

Her research interest are to explore the stubborn patterns of poverty and inequalities through population data sets and large scale surveys such as National Pupil Database (NPD, England), Higher Education Statistics (HESA), Annual Survey of Education Report data (ASER, Pakistan), Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England (LSYPE). By using these secondary data resources she investigiates the indicators of disadvantage that have deep associations with children's academic attainment, well-being and happiness, and access to pathways for successful life.

She is also interested in finding the impact of educational programmes that can break the cycle of poverty and its impact on young people’s lives. She has conducted evaluations of popular educational programmes such as Philosophy for Children, summer school during primary school transition stages, Fresh Start phonics and Accelerated Reader. She is concerned with improving the quality of social science research, and passionate about the role of schools in shaping a fairer society.

My blog on education

 These blogs are written for the audience who can read and understand in Urdu language.The blogs are mainly summarised research findings that have implications on various aspects of education.

Month of birth and academic achievement gap

Children living in chronic poverty and their journey from home to school 

Segregation in schools

Creativity and critical thinking skills for children

Research Projects

School of Applied Social Sciences

  • Evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions

School of Education

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Anglican School Partnership
  • CUREE Response to Intervention
  • Evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions
  • Evaluation of Children's University social action trial
  • Evaluation of Literacy for Life Programme
  • Evaluation of Writing about Values
  • Evaluation of Youth United Social Action Trial
  • Fresh Start
  • Future Foundations Summer School
  • Nuffield Parental Involvement Intervention
  • Research into non-cognitive and KS2 attainment impacts of philosophy for children
  • Research into the non-cognitive impacts of Philosophy for Children (P4C)
  • Sapere
  • Switch On
  • The kinds of poverty in schools and their impact on student progress
  • The research design basis for undergraduate quantitative methods (QM) teaching

Research Interests

  • Education in the developing countries
  • Poverty and education
  • Reading assessment and impact
  • Trials in education
  • Using secondary data resources
  • Education and empowerment

Selected Publications

Authored book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)



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