School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR


CTLR activity visual: June 2021The 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. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms.

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. Each year we host an Annual Change Event that brings researchers, students and stakeholders together to promote understanding of how more equitable and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning might be achieved. We are also actively engaged in the development of locally-based practitioner researchers, hosting two conferences a year linked to our Masters in Education and Masters in Early Years programmes. CTLR is also strongly committed to supporting the development of doctoral researchers, including through its support for the ESW Doctoral Research in Progress seminar series.

Don't miss ...


Date: Thursday 3 February
Time: 9-10am
Zoom link:

Professor Nicola Yuill, Head of Children and Technology Lab, Psychology/Centre for Research in Cognitive Science, will talk about the ACoRNS participatory network and her current project co-creating digital video stories for families, including children with autism in schools.



Date: Wednesday 23 February
Time: 1-2.30pm
Zoom link: tbc

Darcy Leigh worked for six years with and for decolonial Indigenous-led higher education projects, aimed primarily at Indigenous students, in Canada. These included a land-based bush university called ‘Dechinta’ ( and an Arctic Law School called ‘Akitsiraq’ (find it on Wikipedia; its successor program is Pedagogical approaches included land-based (‘wilderness’) learning, place-based learning, learning partnerships with local leaders and communities, student self-governance, experiential learning, and more. Many students had no prior educational experience, were mature students, or were parents (students brought their children to class!) and went onto complete degrees. 


In this Pedagogy Plus session, Darcy explains the everyday practicalities - as well as the politics - of this type of teaching. While this experience might seem very far away, Darcy has since considered how she can put her learning to use here at Sussex - and will invite you to do so with her in the Q&A.




Date: Thursday 24 February
Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Room 108, Essex House
Zoom link:

Open to all ESW doctoral researchers affiliated to CTLR. Doctoral supervisors also very welcome. 
These events have an open agenda for the general sharing of research, but this session has a focus on fieldwork. 



Date: Tuesday 8 March
Time: 4-5pm
Presenter: Dr Andrew Malcolm Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Bedfordshire
Title: Sustaining Post-16 destinations from Alternative Provision: a review of the data and the perspectives of heads from low, mid and high performing schools
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Don't miss any CTLR-hosted events this term. Download Dates for your Diary: Spring 2022



Since 2018 CTLR Director Louise Gazeley has been working in partnership with national research consultancy ECORYS on a Departnment For Education-funded evaluation of the alternative provision innovation fund (APIF).

Nine projects were selected for inclusion in the programme which was designed to provide  insights into three major areas:

  • Reintegration into mainstream school
  • Transitions to post 16 destinations
  • Engagement of parents/carers 

A research report and three practice papers covering the main findings from the evaluation have now been published


Visit 'Our news' for more CTLR news

   Missed a CTLR event? No worries ...

    10th Annual Teacher Researcher Conference: 12 June 2021
    See details, presentations and pics

  See also 'Our recent events' for details, presentations and recordings of events such as:

  • Income Support in Sweden: Facilitating educational opportunities for young people in newly-arrived families from Syria
    18 May 2021
    Presented by Professor Anette Bolin (Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University West, Sweden) who described her study involving 36 young people in newly arrived families from Syria and their perceptions of receiving social assistance.

  • Building Confidence, Community and Connection Inside and Outside the Classroom
    28 April 2021
    Verona Ní Drisceoil (Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex) shared insights from several student experience projects aimed at building confidence, community, and connection. 

  • Translation in Research
    26 April 2021
    What is involved in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic research work, exploring the interpretation and translation of data/texts between one language to another, and how meaning itself is translated or lost or changes within these transformations. 

Check out our Annual Report ...

CTLR annual report 2021 coverFind out what CTLR members have been doing over the last 12 months in the CTLR Annual Report: 2021 [PDF 3.84MB]



Date: Thursday 3 February
Time: 9-10am
Zoom link:
Professor Nicola Yuill, Head of Children and Technology Lab, Psychology/Centre for Research in Cognitive Science, will talk about the ACoRNS participatory network and her current project co-creating digital video stories for families, including children with autism in schools.


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer

Sue Pinnick, Lecturer