Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth


Dr Rebecca Webb and Dr Perpetua Kirby are working on how to balance children’s conformity in schools with possibilities for transformation.

Children currently become successful by acquiring lots of curriculum knowledge and behaving in particular ways. Rebecca and Perpetua’s doctoral studies questioned this approach as the primary focus of effective education in our schools today.

In conversation with teachers, students, researchers, policy makers and others, they are exploring how children might do more than simply study existing knowledge, so that they can also critique and creatively challenge the taken-for-granted: to transform what it is possible to do, to think and to be within their school day.

In 2019, their work included an 'impact’ event with secondary and primary teachers and school leaders held at the University of Sussex, which focused on engaging critically and uncertainly with PREVENT. They led workshops at NEU and at BERA, and visited the Child and Family Research Centre in Finland, where they made two films on TiE publications. This year they have been writing and submitting bids for future research, plus working with teachers local to Sussex to explore schooling for uncertainty in relation to climate change and Covid-19. Their regular blog series explores different aspects of their thinking and work.

The work has attracted attention by the national media, including on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour.

For more information visit: www.transformineducation.org

Recording of launch event

TiE Launch Event Photo Gallery