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Learning and Leadership

We are experts in early years, primary education (birth to age 12), and leadership.

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Head of Department: Professor Dominic Wyse

The Department of Learning and Leadership (DLL) specialises in leadership for learning, early years education, and primary education. The breadth of our work includes internationally renowned research, outstanding teaching and teacher training, and cutting-edge consultancy and enterprise work. Some examples of our areas of research are: curriculum and pedagogy – subjects/areas of learning; evaluation, including complex interventions; head teachers and other leaders; national and international policy; and school systems and their leadership.

Our aim

Our aim is to contribute new ideas and knowledge that have a tangible positive impact on children, teachers/educators, leaders, the academic community, policy makers, and education as discipline.  

Expertise

  • Leadership.
  • Primary and early years pedagogy, curriculum and assessment.
  • Literacy.
  • Teacher training and professional development.
  • Evaluation and experimental trials.
  • Inspection and accountability.
  • Education improvement science.

We offer

  • 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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Study with us

Our department offers a comprehensive range of courses in early childhood and primary education. These include the Primary PGCE, 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.

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.

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Graduate taught

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.

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Graduate research

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Professional Development

See our forthcoming short courses

Research

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:

  1. Learning and the processes of teaching.
  2. 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.

Featured research

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Consultancy

Our department provides advice and consultancy on a range of areas related to:

a) Learning and teaching

b) Leadership

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.

Case studies

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Contact us

To discuss consultancy requirements, contact Sue Hellman

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Short courses

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