Institute of Education


Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research

Creating world-leading research focused on teachers’ work, teaching practices and teacher education.

Director: Professor Caroline Daly

About us 

What are we trying to achieve?

Our research is designed to:

  • enhance the status and conditions of teachers' work
  • contribute to workforce recruitment and retention
  • identify curricular, pedagogical and assessment practices that contribute to high quality educational experiences for all students
  • address the educational needs of pre-service and practising teachers in the context of changing policy, curricular and societal expectations.
How do we achieve our mission? 

Reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing

Our researchers are committed to social justice and work through high quality research projects that critique unjust practices in education and promote viable alternatives for reducing educational inequalities and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing. 

Working across disciplinary and professional fields

We recognise that the educational experiences of young people and teachers are affected by the broad political and social context in which they live and work. We thus support research that works across disciplinary and professional fields to address educational problems.

Optimal conditions for teaching

Our centre recognises the significance of teachers' labour, intellectual and emotional, in affecting the life outcomes of young people. We thus conduct research into the optimal conditions (e.g. institutional, workplace, employment, sectoral) for allowing teachers (including Headteachers) to undertake work that makes a difference to young people in their care. 


We also conduct creative research that trials and evaluates innovative practices challenging 'conventional wisdoms'. 


Centre staff

Visiting academics

Academics from around the world who have visited our centre to collaborate on ground-breaking research.

Monash University, Australia

Griffith University, Australia

  • Dr Glenda McGregor, Reader in Education, School of Education and Professional Studies

The University of Sydney, Australia

The University of Queensland, Australia

  • Associate Professor Katie Makar, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr Marnee Shay, Senior Lecturer, School Of Education.

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Professor Martin Mills, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice 
  • Associate Professor Grace Sarra, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
  • Professor Annette Woods, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education.


Our research

Current projects


  • Educating the City – new urban schools and social infrastructure (December 2019 to December 2020)
  • Young people, education, employment and ESOL (January 2019 to December 2020)
  • Schools as Enabling Spaces to Improve Learning and Health-Related Quality of Life for Primary School Children in Rural Communities in South Africa (January 2020 to April 2023).

Completed projects

Related projects 

Our centre also collaborates on:


For books, book chapters and journal articles from the centre:

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.

See also: