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 ...

There are no scheduled CTLR-hosted upcoming events at this time, however ...


  • The CTLR Awayday (previously scheduled on 29 June) will be rescheduled.
    Contact Louise Gazeley for more details.
  • The CTLR Annual Change Event 'Improving Life Chances' will also be rescheduled (from 29 June) and a new date advised in due course.
    Contact Louise Gazeley if you have a particular interest in this event.


For details of all upcoming CTLR events, see Dates for your Diary: Summer 2022 [PDF 917.30KB]



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


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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]


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Key Contacts

Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer

Sue Pinnick, Lecturer