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 research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts, official and informal. It places particular emphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion.

The Centre has exceptional expertise in professional learning, collaborative practitioner enquiry and in investigating the relationship between theory, practice and policy from Early Years to Higher Education contexts and settings.

Launched: Sussex Research NetworkSussex Research Network

Recently launched, the Sussex Research Network: Schools-University Partnership will engage schools in researching their own practice, learn from research, and engage in large-scale research projects with university-based colleagues.

Professor Colleen McLaughlin, Head of the Department of Education at the University of Sussex and leader of the partnership, said: “This form of partnership is a central plank in building worthwhile education. Working together in this way is an exciting and natural development of good links between schools and the Department. I am sure we will be the model for new forms of working in education."

See more about the Sussex Research Network.

Latest CTLR News

CTLR and the Department of Education at Sussex is delighted to welcome back 10 scholars from Kazakhstan who will be with us until August 2015. The group is engaged in an exciting new course which combines academic study, professional school engagement and English language enhancement.

Big thanks to our partner school hosts for their support: Varndean School - Brighton, Willingdon Community School - Eastbourne, Priory School - Lewes, Ratton School - Eastbourne, Chailey School - Lewes and Cavendish School - Eastbourne.

Thanks also to the wonderful Sussex Centre for Language Studies.

See courses linked to CTLR research themes on our Teaching page.

Kazakhs plus Rebecca: Oct 2014 Kazakhs studying 1  Kazakhs studying 3

Professor Hampden-Thompson to join School as new CTLR Director

See news release regarding the appointment of Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson to the Department of Education to lead the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research into a new era.

Highlights from the UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association) Conference at Sussex

See details of other CTLR research projects - current and past - on our Research pages

Latest featured publication

See piece byHead of the School of Education and Social Work, Professor Brian Hudson - and co-authors S.Henderson & A.Hudson - in the Journal of Curriculum Studies published this week: 'Developing Mathematical Thinking in the Primary Classroom: Liberating teachers and students as learners of Mathematics'.

Upcoming events

Date: Monday 9th February, 2015
Speaker: Dr Judith Harford - University College, Dublin & Dr Peter Gray - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 104, Fulton
Title: Emerging as a Teacher: Student teachers reflect on their professional identity

See also News and events.


The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) at the University of Sussex

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Key Contacts

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton

Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant:
Jessica Gagnon
Room 131, Essex House
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton
T: +44 (0)1273 872601

CTLR Annual Report 2013/14

Download the CTLR Annual Report: 2013/14 [PDF 578.96KB]