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Durham University

School of Education

Evidence for Education Policy and Practice

The work of this cluster involves generating, assessing, synthesising, criticising, and promoting robust evidence to help inform education policy and practice. We take a lifelong and society-wide view of education, with a particular interest in inequalities and educational justice. We also view education in the round, taking the wider outcomes of education seriously, looking beyond attainment and cognitive development to issues such as mental health, well-being, attitudes and aspirations, trust and civic participation. We promote, evaluate and monitor the impact of high quality education research, and help build research capacity. Strands of work include but are not limited to:

Education policy analysis

  • International and comparative analysis
  • Promoting the wider outcomes of education
  • Robust evaluations of educational interventions
  • Widening participation to post-compulsory and higher education
  • Teacher supply, retention and progression
  • Evidence syntheses via secondary data analysis and systematic reviews
  • Research capacity-building
  • Improving the communication and uptake of evidence in education policy and practice

The stands of work involve a wide range of staff including all EEF relevant staff especially teams led by Steve Higgins, Carole Torgerson and Stephen Gorard. Cluster also has strong links to other departments, especially Sociology, and to a wide range of user groups.


Academic Staff

Research Students

From other departments

  • Mr. José Luis (Pep) Mateos-González (in the Department of Sociology)