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IOE academics win BERA SAGE Public Impact Award

8 September 2016



We are delighted to announce that Dr Alice Bradbury, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education and Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education Assessment, have won the BERA SAGE Public Impact Award 2016.

The project, which was based in the department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS), challenged the goals set out for Baseline Assessment for assessing and tracking the progress of 4-5 year olds within the primary system. This led to the subsequent withdrawal of the policy, as announced by the Department for Education (DfE) in April 2016.

Dr Bradbury, who led the project, said: "We are delighted to receive this award, and would like to thank all of the schools and individual teachers who took the time to give us their views on assessment in Reception. Their contributions have helped to shape government policy in this important area."

Dr Roberts-Holmes said: "The Government's withdrawal of baseline assessment is testament to teachers and academics' power when working together for the best interests of children."

This award is a reflection of the British Education Research Association (BERA)'s goal to recognise and celebrate particularly significant educational research and its impact both within and outside of the field.

The annual BERA conference takes place from 13-15 September at Leeds University.

Dr Bradbury and Dr Roberts-Holmes will receive their award at a presentation on 13 September.