Researching how best to prepare teachers as agentive professionals.
Director: Professor Caroline Daly
We support teachers to become part of an agentive teaching profession, through research and development that is focused on professional learning and practice within their contexts.
Our aims are to enhance the capacities of teachers as expert professionals who can impact on inequalities. To achieve this the centre works in collaboration with teachers and teacher educators through:
- Researching teaching and teacher education that addresses social, economic and environmental inequalities.
- Building capacity for critical research engagement in teacher education.
- Deepening theoretical understanding of teaching and teacher education in complex contexts.
- Providing research-informed high quality professional learning for teachers through courses, support and resources.
The centre helps prepare the teaching profession to meet the complex challenges that demand highly skilled and deeply knowledgeable teachers. Our work enables teachers to meet the needs of learners today and in the future, in local communities and across global challenges for education systems.
- Professor Caroline Daly – Centre Director
- Dr Anna Cook – Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Mark Hardman - Associate Professor
- Claire Pillinger – Research Assistant
- Katie Pepper – Administration and Communications Officer
- Dr Sally Riordan – Senior Research Fellow
- Dr Becky Taylor – Principal Research Fellow.
- Vickie Crockett – Fulbright Distinguished Teacher
- Juan Lucas Nachez – Visiting Scholar, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Niteroi, Brazil)
- Professor Sabine Severiens – Honorary Professor.
- Professor Andy Hobson - Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Brighton
- Professor Aileen Kennedy - Director of Teacher Education, University of Strathclyde
- Professor David James - Professor of Sociology of Education, Cardiff University
- Professor Vini Lander - Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality at Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University
- Professor Ian Menter - Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education, University of Oxford
- Margaret Mulholland - SEND & Inclusion Policy Specialist, Association of School and College Leaders
- Professor Mark Priestley - Professor, Education, University of Stirling
- Rebecca Rylatt - Policy Advisor, Department for Education (DfE)
- Cat Scutt - Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teachers
- Ruth Smith - Director, East London Teaching School Hub
- Jack Worth - Lead Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research.
- Our research
Our portfolio includes:
- Evaluation of Early Career Support Pilots, Education Endowment Fund
- Retention of Teachers from Minority Ethnic Groups in Disadvantaged Schools, British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant
- Evaluation of SMART Spaces, Education Endowment Fund
- Evaluation of KEEP Teaching: Physics Teacher Retention Project, Education Endowment Fund
- Student Grouping Study, Education Endowment Fund
- Investigative Research into Alternative Education, Department for Education.
Seed funded projects
In the academic year 2021/2022 we are seed funding eight research projects which support the centre's aims:
- More than ‘mixed-attainment good, ability grouping bad’: The perspectives of trainee teachers towards grouping in the primary classroom - Josh Franks, Giddeon Sappor
- Teachers’ Mathematical Digital Competencies (TeachMDC) - Eirini Geraniou, Nicola Bretscher and Jeremy Hodgen as research mentor
- Race and the geographies of educational spaces: Engaging with PGCE students lived experiences of race and racism in London - Lauren Hammond, Emma Jones, Alison Wiggins, John Morgan
- Understandings of social justice in secondary science education among ITE students and their university tutors - Wilton Lodge, Michael Reiss, Marian Mulcahy
- Sustainability Across Subjects (SAS) - David Mitchell, Alison Kitson, Alexis Stones, Emma Newall
- Teachers and Citizenship Knowledge (TACK) - Hans Svennevig, Hugh Starkey, Lee Jerome, Jeremy Hayward, Alex Elwick, Gemma Gronland
- Minority ethnic PGCE student teachers’ racialised experiences while learning to teach and the implications for retention - Alison Wiggins, Antonina Tereshchenko, Cara Olga, Balbir Kaur
- COVID-19: Trainee TEACHers’ challenges and barriers to mental health and WELLbeing support (C19 TEACH WELL) - Keri Wong, Eleanor Kitto.
Collaborations and related projects
- Journal 'Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice'
Along with our colleagues in the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, the Centre hosts the Taylor and Francis journal Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice.
The journal publishes research on teacher education, professionalism, values, evaluation and professional development, and teaching theory, practice and policy.
- Seminar series
CTTR hosts the Educating Teachers Matters seminar series with the Department for Learning and Leadership (DLL). The series explores core issues in innovating teacher education for higher education institutions and their provider partners.