School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR


The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with education in all its pedagogical and social complexity. The interests of members span local, national and international contexts and a range of formal and informal settings, running from Early Years to Higher Education and including Initial Teacher Education. 

The Centre's strapline is  Making Connections, reflecting its focus on bringing research, theory, policy and practice together with a view to promoting positive change. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms.

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Connecting Research and Practice in Widening Participation: Exploring (alternative) routes to change

Date: Thursday 25 July 2019
Venue: The Work Foundation, London
Speakers: Dr Neil Harrison (Rees Centre, Oxford), Dr Louise Gazeley & Dr Tamsin Hinton Smith (University of Sussex), Penny Longman (UCL), Ruth Squire (Sheffield Hallam), Chris Bayes & Gino Graziano, Dr Matthew Johnson (Skype), Professor Colin McCaig, Anette Heyton and others. 

This free one day event aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers who share a commitment to widening participation and wish to explore new and/or alternative routes to positive change. Speakers will draw on their own experiences to show how a willingness to step outside established norms and roles can open up new understandings of – and alternative routes to - positive change.


If you have registered but are subsequently unable to attend, we would be grateful if you could inform us so that others might take your place.



Louise Gazeley was  recently invited to speak at an event hosted by the SEN Policy Research Forum at St Alban's Centre, London on the theme of  Exclusions, Barriers to Admission and Quality of Mainstream Provision for Children and Young People with SEND: What can be done? The event was attended by an  audience of stakeholders, policy-makers and academics. 

Louise's talk was called: When it comes to school exclusion processes who is accountable and for what? Other invited speakers included Jules Daulby (Transparency on Exclusions), and Nicola Furey and James Roach from Inclusive Multi-Academy Trust, Watford.

The event ended with a small group discussion around how best to promote inclusion and reduce exclusion. The three talks given on the day are included in a report produced by the Policy Research Forum.


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer

Research Fellow:
Sindi Gordon