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Social life during school meal times project

This research aimed to understand children's experiences of meal times in primary school and their perceptions of the 'value' of social experiences that take place during these times. In particular the research examined the nature of the conversational interactions, and the peer interactions and relationships during these times and how they relate to those experienced on the playground.


School Lunch and Behaviour in Primary and Secondary Schools Projects

These three studies (in collaboration with, and led by, the School Food Trust) aimed to determine in a primary and a secondary school setting whether the introduction and promotion of healthier school food and improvements to the dining room environment had a positive impact on learning behaviours in the classroom after lunch in comparison to a control group of similar schools.


The 2006 surveys of school breaktimes and social life in and outside of school

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The 1995 survey of school breaktimes in primary and secondary school

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The Spencer Project: A longitudinal study of children's play and games in primary school in the UK and US

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Classroom focused research

SPRinG Project

The project aims to enhance the learning potential of pupils (at Key Stages 1-3) working in classroom groups by actively involving teachers in a programme designed to improve the effectiveness of and raise levels of collaborative group-work during every day classroom learning activities. The project was part of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme and was co-directed with Maurice Galton and Peter Kutnick. This web site provides background information and publications for teachers, schools, policy makers and researchers on this ongoing project.



Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA)

The DISS project is the largest study of teaching assistants and other school support staff carried out in the world. The research, conducted between 2003 and 2009, was named by the British Educational Research Association as one of 40 landmark studies to have had a significant impact on education in last 40 years.


SEN in Secondary Education (SENSE) study

Research providing new perspectives on the educational experiences of young people with SEND.

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The Making a Statement (MAST) Project

This research examined the day-to-day experiences of teaching and support for pupils with a Statement of SEN. The study involved minute-by-minute observations over a week of 48 pupils in Year 5 who had Statements for moderate learning difficulties or behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, and interviewed 200 school staff and parents. The study, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, raises important points for local authorities and schools to consider in light of the recent policy changes.


The Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) Project

The DISS project is the largest study of teaching assistants and other school support staff carried out in the world. The research, conducted between 2003 and 2009, was named by the British Educational Research Association as one of 40 landmark studies to have had a significant impact on education in last 40 years.

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Class Size Project (CSPAR)

This large scale longitudinal research project focused on the educational effects of class size differences and pupil-adult ratios at Key Stage 1 and 2 (pupils aged 5-11). This was funded by the DfES.