Institute of Education


Learning and Leadership

We are experts in early years, primary education (birth to age 12), and leadership.

Head of Department: Professor Dominic Wyse

The Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) specialises in leadership for learning, early years education, and primary education. The breadth of our work includes internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and teacher training, and cutting-edge consultancy and enterprise work. Some examples of our areas of research are curriculum and pedagogy – subjects/areas of learning, evaluation, including complex interventions, head teachers and other leaders, national and international policy, and school systems and their leadership.

Our aim

Our aim is to contribute new ideas and knowledge that have a tangible positive impact on children, teachers/educators, leaders, the academic community, policy makers, and education as discipline. 


  • Leadership
  • Primary and early years pedagogy, curriculum and assessment
  • Literacy
  • Teacher training and professional development
  • Evaluation and experimental trials
  • Inspection and accountability
  • Education improvement science

We offer

  • A vibrant teaching programme of full time and part time courses including PhDs and other doctoral qualifications, master's courses, and one of the largest and most highly regarded set of teacher training routes
  • Influential national and international research and consultancy
  • Events including research seminar programmes, conferences, short courses, and bespoke consultancies.
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