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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Nadia Siddiqui

Associate Professor in the School of Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48323
Room number: ED127

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Nadia Siddiqui joined Durham University in 2013. She received her first independent research grant from Nuffield Foundation on a study of the non-cognitive impacts of teaching Philosophy for Children in primary schools. The findings of this study were disccused on BBC radio 4: Bringing Up Britain: Critical thinking (series 10) (from15:58)

She is currently leading a British Academy GCRF funded project on examining the role of school in early childhood years of learning. She is a co-investigator in two funded research projects by ESRC. She has worked on Annual Status 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 interests 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 investigates the indicators of disadvantage that determine 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.

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Durham University Evidence Centre for Education

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Research Interests

  • Understanding poverty and inequalities through large-scale secondary data resources
  • Evaluation of educational programmes
  • Education in the developing countries

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