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.

Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Director, CTLRLatest CTLR News:

Family stability, not family structure, is key to education success, says Sussex study

Young people in stable lone-parent households are just as likely to stay in education as their counterparts in stable married families, a new University of Sussex–led study has revealed.

But the researchers also found that those who experienced instability, such as divorce or remarriage of their parents in the four years leading up to 16, were a third less likely to choose an academic route compared with children in stable marriages with biological parents.

The study, published this month in  British Educational Research Journal, tracked 10,000 young people in schools in England during a four-year period to determine the educational impact of changes to family situations.

Lead researcher Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Professor of Education, said: “Previous research has indicated that young people in lone-parent households are at an educational disadvantage. Our research suggests that this is not the case once we account for changes in a young person’s living situation."

See article in The Conversation.

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.

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

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


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

This summer @SussexUni is hosting Teachers' Conferences designed for CPD & to enhance classroom teaching…

RT @HampdenThompson: Looking forward to a session on single - case experimental designs this morning @AERA_EdResearch #AERA15 @SussexCTLR

RT @HampdenThompson: Came across this during #AERA15 session It is Research-Practice partnerships. @SussexCTLR @JenSDoyle @CMJMcLaughlin

RT @HampdenThompson: Presenting this morning @AERA2015. Looking forward to it. #Chicago #education @SussexCTLR

RT @HampdenThompson: Off to Chicago today for #AERA15. Haven't been for a couple of years so looking forward to it. @SussexCTLR

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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