Current Projects

Family and Community Engagement

Involving parents: developing communities. An action research project.

This work involves five primary schools as research partners. It is an action research project that will operate throughout the academic year 2016-17, and is developing through a mix of peer support sessions and individual school level developments, to experiment with community and family engagement initiatives. It is using variety of data collection methods to provide insights into the challenges facing schools in the developing this work and, increasing understanding about the kinds of impact the work has on the school, and its wider community. This project is being funded by the Waterloo Foundation.

Family and Community Engagement: scoping the field

A study of five schools and one community setting, this research project gathered data about the range of activities and approaches being developed to support family and community engagement. It found a variety of approaches, a range of understandings about the purpose of the work and, the development of different models of delivery. This work is currently being written up and is informing the development of further research. 

If you would like any further information on our Family and Community Engagement work, please contact Christala Sophocleous.


Poverty and Education

Against The Odds

This work involves five schools as research partners. The schools are being used as examples of those who are succeeding against the odds to close the gap in attainment. This work is currently being written up with a view to a future publication, and is informing the development of further research.  

If you would like any further information on our Poverty and Education work, please contact Russell Grigg.


Ethnicity and Education

This work involves exploring the educational disadvantages that people from ethnic minority backgrounds face and also to highlight the factors which may contribute to these experiences, such as; parental involvement, aspirations, gender norms, and cultural barriers.

 If you would like any further information on our Ethnicity and Education work, please contact Henna Nisa.


Early Years Education

Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW)

This work involves research on the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scale. The purpose of this pilot study is to determine the suitability of the use of the scale in Wales as a research and professional development tool.

If you would like any further information on our Early Years Education work, please contact Natalie Macdonald.


Working with Welsh Government

Professional Learning INSET units

This work involves producing in-house training and CPD resources in a variety of formats for teachers and school leaders to use across Wales to inform and support school improvement.

If you would like any further information on our work with Welsh Government, please contact Sam Harris