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.

CTLR to launch new series of books on school strategy

English, Language & Literacy: promo flyerThe Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is one of three hosts launching English, Language and Literacy 3 to 19: Principles and Proposals, a series of 10 booklets to be published electronically – as well as in print - by the United Kingdom Literacy Association and Owen Education, an independent school-improvement agency. 

Drawing on seminal research and curriculum-development work carried out over a number of years, the aim of the booklets is to inspire and inform debate about school strategy. Themes covered include talk, reading, writing, grammar, drama and media education across the age range. They also offer robust critiques of some aspects of the new National Curriculum for English and its associated assessment arrangements, and propose practical alternatives.

Six of the 10 booklets will be released on 1 June:

• English, Language and Literacy 3 to 19: Summary: John Richmond, Peter Dougill and Mike Raleigh

• Talk: John Richmond

• Reading 3 to 7: John Richmond

• Writing 3 to 7: John Richmond

• Grammar and Knowledge about Language: John Richmond

• Drama: John Richmond

The remaining four will be released on 1 September:

• Reading 7 to 16: Peter Traves

• Writing 7 to 16: John Richmond

• Media: Andrew Burn

• English 16 to 19: Angela Goddard.

The Sussex launch event will take place in the Social Space, Fulton Building, University of Sussex, at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd June. Contact to reserve a place.

CTLR Director to present at the ESRC Research Seminar Series

Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Professor of Education, will be presenting at the ESRC Research Seminar Series event 'Different Perspectives on Overcoming the Challenges of Conducting Education Evaluations in Real-World Settings' on the 19th June, 9.30am-3pm, at Hamilton House,
Mabledon Place, London

This FREE event will appeal to research funders and commissioners, policy makers, researchers, and others with an interest in the practicalities of running large research projects in education.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring Dr Jonathan Sharples from the IEE and the Education Endowment Foundation, Baroness Estelle Morris, Dr Andy Biggart, and Kirsty Tonks, Assistant Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy.

Reserve a place via the University of York's website.

More details about the event can be found on the University of York's Institute for Effective Education website.


4th Teacher Research Conference4th Teacher Research Conference: POSTER

Saturday 20th June
Room 104, Fulton Building, University of Sussex

Keynote Speaker: Dr Elaine Wilson, University of Cambridge
Author of School-based Research: A guide for education students presents:
'Teacher Research as a Driver of School Reform'

An annual conference for teachers and education practitioners. Speakers include MA students, practising teachers and education practitioners who have conducted research on practice in different contexts.

Themes include:

  • Reading, drama, talk and student voice
  • SEN, inclusion and social disadvantage
  • Improving science and mathematics education
  • Assessment, motivation and learner progression

To reserve a place, email

See presentations from last year's event on our Partnerships page.

Latest featured publication

Family structure instability and the educational persistence of young people in England,’ by Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex Professor Claudia Galindo, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, University of Maryland Baltimore County, is published in British Educational Research Journal


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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