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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Lindsey Wardle

Research Student in the School of Education

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Research Assistant in the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education


Lindsey is a PhD student and Coordinator in the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education. She started her PhD in 2019, and has been awarded an ESRC funded NINEDTP Studentship. Supervised by Dr. Nadia Siddiqui and Prof. Stephen Gorard, her research will be exploring how and why the pattern of reading attainment in national assessments is different in North East England compared to other regions; this will be done by initially using data from PISA, PIRLS and the National Pupil Database.

Lindsey supports the Evidence Centre for Education in its work promoting the use of evidence in education policy and practice. She has presented findings from work on the impact of the Pupil Premium in Parliament as part of Evidence Week, and is currently helping in the Centre's work to assess how schools are using robust research evidence to inform their practice.

Lindsey graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Newcastle University in 2007. She later went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary English as part of her teacher training on the School Direct Salaried route in 2014. In 2015, she completed her MA in Education with distinction at Durham University. Lindsey has worked in various teaching and support roles in educational environments as well as working for a Local Authority. She has supported a number of research projects at Durham University, Newcastle University and University of Birmingham. In her free time, Lindsey volunteers for a local charity and is a school governor at two primary schools.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • International assessments
  • Reading attainment
  • School effectiveness
  • Secondary data analysis of large scale datasets
  • Using evidence in policy and practice
  • What impacts pupils in disadvantage


Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Wardle, L. (2020), What affects reading attainment in North East England?, BERA Conference 2020. Liverpool, England.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Siddiqui, N., Gorard, S. & Wardle, L. (2020). What are children missing when schools are closed?. Blog.
  • Wardle, L. (2018). Are the PISA 2015 results valid and reliable? Blog.
  • Wardle, L. (2018). Book Review: The Global Education Race. Blog.
  • Wardle, L. (2018). Book Reviews: 'Cleverlands' and 'The Smartest Kids In The World And How They Got That Way'. Blog.
  • Wardle, L. (2018). The Curious Case of Shanghai. Blog.
  • Wardle, L. (2018). What relevance do international assessments have for understanding England's education system? Blog.


  • Wardle, L. (2020), What influences reading attainment in North East England?, 4th Baltic Sea Conference on Literacy “Searching for a Common Language”. Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Wardle, L. (2019), What can we learn about reading attainment in NE England?, Imagining Better Education. Durham, England.


  • Wardle, L. & Child, F. (2019). Department of Teacher Education: Review of Initial Teacher Education Provision. University of Birmingham.

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