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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Miss Claire Reed

Research Student in the School of Education

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Claire is Head of Department for Psychology and Sociology in a large comprehensive school, based in North Yorkshire and is currently studying her EdD part-time at Durham University. She has previously studied at both Bangor University (BSc Hons, Psychology) and Leeds University (11-18 Secondary Education PGCE).

Her everyday teaching predominantly involves Key Stage 5 (KS5) students, aged between 16-18 years, and it is this group which her doctoral thesis focuses upon.

At this stage in their education students have made the decision to stay at school or college and have selected varying subjects to study to an advanced level. Despite high quality teaching and provision of appropriate resources, many KS5 students seek additional support for their studies in the form of private tuition.

Although the students differ in their reasons for this (supplementary or remedial), typically it is those students from families with higher incomes who are accessing private tuition. If private tuition does provide significant benefits, which exceed normal school provision, then it must be available to all students.

The aim of Claire's doctorate is to investigate the effects of private tuition for KS5 students in a study, uninfluenced by the discriminating factor of parental income.

Other fields Claire is interested in include Visual Methods and Participatory Research.