Institute of Education


Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0 - 11 years)

Researchers, educators and policy makers working together to transform children's lives through evidence and exemplary pedagogy.

Founding Director: Dominic Wyse
Co-Director: Alice Bradbury

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (HHCP) was established in 2018 to extend the long-established work of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the Helen Hamlyn Trust in primary and early years education.


The centre aims to enable children to realise their full potential through optimal teaching and learning. The centre works to improve pedagogy for children from birth to 11 years, particularly children living with disadvantage.

The centre's main focus is to enhance educational practice through research. This will be achieved through collaboration between education professionals, parents and children which results in change on the ground.

With the help of our partners, we will build on the longstanding and world-leading reputation of the IOE and the Helen Hamlyn Trust to create a lasting legacy in the field of primary and early years pedagogy.

Our activities

Children’s Agency in the National Curriculum (CHANT)

A research project which evaluates the ways that England’s national curriculum requirements for primary schools can enable or constrain children’s agency. For more information: CHANT

Impact of the phonics screening check on Year 2

A research project that explores the use of the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) in Year 2 classes in the autumn of 2020. For more information: Impact of the phonics screening check on Year 2

Living and learning during a pandemic

A research project that investigates the impact of living and learning under a pandemic on children’s education and wellbeing. For more information: Living and learning during a pandemic

Big Questions for Little Audiences

Philosophical questions to help parents and guardians provide their children with engaging opportunities to think, learn, and have fun at home. For more information: Big Questions for Little Audiences

The Grammar and Writing Research Project

A mixed-methods research project in collaboration with the UCL Survey of English Usage to assess whether 'Englicious', a new approach to teaching grammar, has benefits for children’s writing at KS1. For more information: The Grammar and Writing Research Project

Tackling disadvantage in the early years

Professor Dominic Wyse presented evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee for their report on tackling disadvantage in the early years, which included written contributions from Dominic Wyse, Dr Rosie Flewitt and Dr Jake Anders. Read the report: Tackling disadvantage in the early years

Multimodal ethnography 

Rosie Flewitt presented the advantages and challenges of using multimodal ethnography in researching digital literacy practices of young children and how she uses it in her research. Watch the video: Multimodal ethnography 

Research features

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Help us build our network of educators, researchers, and policymakers. Become an affiliate member today for the opportunity to participate in potential future projects and events. 

Find out more about our affiliates and how to apply.

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Forthcoming events

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