IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


About us

Our mission is to improve children’s education and life chances through better pedagogy. 

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The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (HHCP) is a research centre founded at IOE in 2018. Our focus is children aged from birth to 11 years, particularly those living with disadvantage. The HHCP builds on the long-established work of IOE and the Helen Hamlyn Trust.

The centre is funded by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, an independent grant-making trust funding innovative projects aiming to effect lasting change and improve quality of life. 


The centre has four main aims:

  • to have a demonstrable impact on pedagogy in a range of settings, including formal education, homes and other environments
  • to improve understanding of pedagogy through research that is close-to-practice, using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods designs
  • to contribute to a wider use of more effective pedagogy by engaging in partnerships with outstanding organisations and individuals
  • to engage constructively with policy makers and politicians to influence change in educational policies in order to nurture a more equitable society for all.


Our research, enterprise and impact work has five main themes:

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Children’s Agency and Life Chances
  • Homes and Other Places
  • Language and Literacy
  • Arts and Creativity.