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VIRTUAL EVENT: Reading, phonics and testing: teaching during the pandemic and beyond

10 June 2021, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

Teacher reading with students. Image: Sarah-Jane Gregori for UCL Institute of Education

This webinar will explore recent research on reading, phonics and testing.

This event is free.

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Katie Rychliski

Dominic Wyse and Alice Bradbury will present this webinar on their research.

CEPEO seminar series

The Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) hosts a research seminar series where guest speakers present cutting edge research. 

Join policymakers, researchers and practitioners to explore the pressing questions of our time in education policy and equalising opportunities.


Image: Sarah-Jane Gregori for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speakers

Alice Bradbury

Associate Professor of Sociology of Education and Co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years) (HHCP) at the UCL Institute of Education

Alice's research interests are in the relationship between education policy and inequalities in terms of class, gender and 'race'. Her research examines the impact of policy in primary and early years education with a focus on issues of social justice.

Recent research projects have focused on the role of the priorities of primary schools during Covid (funded by ESRC) and the retention of BME teachers in schools in areas of disadvantage (funded by the British Academy).

Alice's latest book, 'Ability, Inequality and Post-Pandemic Schools: Rethinking Contemporary Myths of Meritocracy' will be published in June 2021.

More about Alice Bradbury

Dominic Wyse

Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education and Founding Director of the HHCP at the UCL Institute of Education

Dominic is also President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

The main focus of Dominic’s research is curriculum and pedagogy. His research has contributed to the understanding of the pedagogy of writing, reading, literacy and creativity across the life-course, for example: 'How Writing Works: From the Invention of the Alphabet to the Rise of Social Media' and 'The Good Writing Guide 4th Edition'.

Dominic has extensive experience of working at the interface of research, policy and practice. For example, The BERA Close-to-Practice Research Project or Experimental trials and 'what works?’ in education: The case of grammar for writing' published in the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ).

More about Dominic Wyse