Learning and Leadership
Research, outstanding teaching and teacher training, leading edge consultancy and knowledge mobilisation.
Head of Department: Professor Dominic Wyse
The Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) is a large specialist research and teaching department of approximately 130 academic staff. The breadth of our work includes internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and teacher training, and cutting edge consultancy and knowledge mobilisation.
Our main aim is to contribute new ideas and knowledge
that have the widest possible impact in order to enhance education as
an academic discipline, and as a field of practice and policy.
- The ways in which children and young people learn through the processes of teaching
- The vital role of leadership, including school leadership, in relation to learning.
Our department has an international reputation for its work on learning, teaching and leadership, including in Early Years,
Early Childhood and Primary / Elementary Education.
- 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.
- Our staff
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Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education
IOE - Learning & Leadership
UCL Institute of Education
The main focus of Dominic’s research is curriculum and pedagogy. Key areas of work are the teaching of writing, reading and creativity. Dominic has extensive experience of funded research projects which he has disseminated in numerous peer-reviewed research journal articles and books. These include major international research volumes for which he is the lead editor (e.g. The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment), and bestselling books for teachers and educators (e.g. Teaching English, Language and Literacy - 3rd Edition). His most recent book is A Guide to Early Years and Primary Education (published by SAGE). He has been an editor, and on the editorial board, of internationally recognised research journals. He is currently an editor of the Curriculum Journal, one of the journals of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Dominic has been consulted by major international companies in relation to the development of packages and approaches that support learning in schools. He has given evidence to House of Commons inquiries, and he has been an invited expert featuring in broadcast media including BBC Newsnight and the Radio Four Today programme, and print media including the Guardian and Times newspapers.
Dominic is Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the University College London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE), and Head of the Department of Learning and Leadership. He is also an elected member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Prior to his current role at the IOE as Head of Academic Department Learning and Leadership Dominic was Faculty Director of Research, Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer, in the Faculty of Children and Learning. Before joining the IOE Dominic was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He was also appointed as the first Director of Music-Making at Churchill College Cambridge, where he was also a Fellow and Director of Studies for Education. In the past Dominic was a Reader at Liverpool John Moores University, and a teacher with experience working in London, Bradford and Huddersfield in infant and junior phases.
- A three year study on the impact of the Ministry of Stories on children and young people in Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets
- Creating the Curriculum: the Aims of the CPR in the Context of National Curriculum Change in England
- Develop and Run Scalable Pilot in special educational needs and disability initial teacher training
- European Union Literacy Network
- Evaluation of Talk for Writing
- Mrs Elaine Aarons Lecturer for Teach First (Primary and/or Early Years)
- Ms Nelly Ali
- Dr Tracey Allen Senior Lecturer Consultant
- Mrs Yasemin Allsop Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
- Ms Paula Ambrossi PGCE Tutor in Primary Education
- Ms Penelope Amott Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education
- Dr Jake Anders Senior Research Associate
- Dr Lynn Ang Reader in Early Childhood
- Mr Trevor Arrowsmith Senior Teaching Fellow
- Miss Domini Bingham Lecturer in Education
- Prof Sonia Blandford Chair in Education and Social Enterprise
- Mrs Frances Bodger Lecturer in Primary Education
- Dr Susan Bodman Reading Recovery National Trainer/Coordinator
- Miss Helen Bradford
- Mrs Catherine Brown Senior Teaching Fellow in Early Years or Primary
- Dr Chris Brown Lecturer in Teaching and Research
- Dr Sara Bubb Senior Lecturer in Education
- Ms Lizbeth Bullough Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
- Dr Christine Callender Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education
- Ms Carol Clifton Lecturer in Primary Education
- Mr Max Coates Programme Manager
- Ms Darnelle Constant-Shepherd Lecturer in Primary Education
- Ms Katharine Cowan Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Ayshea Craig Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education
- Dr Ian Craig Senior Teaching Fellow
- Mrs Marilyn Davey Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Janet Davies Lecturer in Primary Education
- Mr Sean Doyle Lecturer in Primary Education
- Ms Lorna Dyke UCL Senior Teaching Fellow
- Prof Peter Earley Professor of Educational Leadership and Management
- Dr Karen Edge Reader in Educational Leadership
- Dr Melanie Ehren Reader in Educational Improvement
- Ms Susan Ellis Primary Professional Tutor
- Ms Anna Ferris Lecturer in Primary Education
- Dr Rosie Flewitt Reader in Early Communication and Literacy
- Ms Linda Forbes Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Jenny Francis Programme Leader
- Ms Glen Franklin National Leader of Literacy at the International Literacy Centre
- Mr Josh Franks Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
- Ms Lisa Gallimore Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Ms Esme Glauert Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
- Prof Derek Glover Senior Teaching Fellow
- Mr David Godfrey Lecturer in Education Leadership and Management
- Ms Dinah Goss Professional Tutor for Teach First (Primary/Early Years)
- Prof Toby Greany Professor of Leadership and Innovation
- Ms Maria Hadjisoteris
- Mrs Alison Hawthorn Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Ms Sue Hellman Director of UK Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer
- Mr O'Neill Hemmings Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Dr Rob Higham Senior Lecturer in Education
- Ms Caroline Hilton Lecturer in Primary Education
- Mr Philip Hopgood Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Amanda Ince Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education
- Mrs Helen Jones Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Prof Phil Jones Professor of Child Rights and Wellbeing
- Dr Eleanor Kitto Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Natalia Kucirkova Senior Research Associate
- Ms Sue Lee Lecturer in Primary Education
- Ms Isabel Macdonald Professional Tutor (Primary/ Early Years)
- Mrs Kathy Maclean Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Dr Trevor Male Senior Lecturer in Education, Leadership and Management
- Dr Sveta Mayer Lecturer in Educational Leadership
- Ms Jennifer McClements Senior Teaching Fellow
- Dr Amanda McCrory Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education
- Mrs Sue McGonigle Lecturer in Primary Education
- Miss Karen Mears Lecturer in ITE ( Teach First Primary/EYFS )
- Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic London Research Co-ordinator
- Mrs Georgina Merchant Lecturer in Primary Education
- Ms Joanne Metivier Tutor
- Dr Joseph Mintz Senior Lecturer in Education
- Mr Anthony Mirams Senior Teaching Fellow
- Ms Helen Morris Reading Recovery National Trainer/Coordinator
- Prof Gemma Moss Proffesor of Literacy, and Director of the International Literacy Centre
- Mr Richard Myers Professional Tutor in Primary Teacher Education
- Ms Jane Noble Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education
- Mr Gorden Pope Lecturer in Professional Practice (Primary)
- Mrs Joanna Quinn Lecturer for Teach First (Primary and/or Early Years)
- Prof Kathryn Riley Professor of Urban Education
- Ms Lynn Roberts Lecturer in Education
- Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
- Prof Sue Rogers Professor of Early Years Education
- Mr Gideon Sappor Senior Teaching Fellow in Early Years and/or Primary Education
- Mrs Carole Scott Phase Leader for Primary Teach First
- Mrs Sarah Seleznyov Programme Leader - Bespoke Leadership Programmes
- Prof Iram Siraj Professor of Early Childhood Education
- Mrs Janet Smith Reading Recovery National Trainer/Coordinator
- Dr John Smith Reading Recovery National Trainer/Coordinator
- Mrs Dorothy Spence Lecturer for Teach First (Primary and/or Early Years)
- Ms Karen Spence-Thomas Programme Leader
- Prof Louise Stoll Professor of Professional Learning
- Dr d'Reen Struthers Lecturer For Teach First (primary)
- Ms Carol Taylor LCLL Programme Leader
- Dr Sue Taylor Senior Lecturer
- Mrs Sylvia Taylor Senior Teaching Fellow
- Miss Catherine Thorpe Senior Teaching Fellow
- Miss Jane Tillin Primary Professional Tutor
- Ms Vanessa Tomlinson Lecturer in Education
- Dr Diana Tsokova Lecturer in Psychology and Special Needs in Primary Education Education
- Dr Joanne Waterhouse Senior Lecturer - Educational Leadership
- Mrs Karen Williams Senior Teaching Fellow
- Ms Tessa Willy Lecturer in Education
- Mrs Liz Wood Senior Lecturer in Education
- Mrs Kenna Worthington Lecturer in Education
- Prof Dominic Wyse Professor in Early Childhood and Primary Education
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Our department offers a comprehensive range of courses in early childhood and primary education. These include the Primary PGCE, five masters courses and doctoral studies.
Our academics, with international reputations for their research, supervise students' research and contribute to all areas of teaching including teacher training.
The breadth of our department's teaching includes the education of trainee teachers, and practising teachers, through to doctoral study. One of our major strengths is the strong connections we make between theory, research, learning, teaching and policy.
Our Master's programmes are centred on our main areas of strength in learning and leadership: more specifically, early years education, leadership, literacy, and primary/elementary education.
See our short courses on UCL Life Learning.
Our main aim is to contribute new ideas and knowledge that have the widest possible impact in order to enhance education as an academic discipline, and as a field of practice and policy. As a large department our research is wide-ranging and varied but includes two main areas:
a) Learning and the processes of teaching
b) Leadership and learning.
Within these two areas we carry out research funded by a range of funders including research councils, charities, governments and non-government organisations.
Examples of our work include seminal work on early years education, how evidence informs policy and practice, literacy teaching and learning, whole curriculum study, including school subjects and areas of the curriculum such as creativity.
- Why Reading Recovery works
- The Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education project (EPPSE)
- Ministry of Stories
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For further details about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes visit:
Our department provides advice and consultancy on a range of areas related to:
a) Learning and teaching
Our expertise includes particular strengths in educational leadership and leadership development, school system reform, school improvement and evidence-informed practice; early years and elementary/primary education. We have strong expertise in most areas of the curriculum, and particularly in language and literacy.
We work with governments internationally, politicians and policy makers, research organisations, education organisations, schools and other educational settings, non government organisations, companies and corporations and many other types of entities.
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To discuss consultancy requirements, contact Sue Hellman.
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