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Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research

CEDAR is an internationally acknowledged research centre undertaking research on a range of educational and psychological issues.

These typically focus on the interface between policy and practice, and include research into new government initiatives across the age range of pre-school to higher education and continuing professional practice.

We also specialise in researching special educational needs and inclusion, disability across the lifespan (especially intellectual disability and autism), and parenting and families research. We emphasise combined methods research undertaken in multi-disciplinary teams, secondary analysis approaches, and intervention evaluation designs including randomised controlled trials.


cedar treeAll enquiries should be made to Diana Smith, Centre Administrator (email Diana dot Smith at warwick dot ac dot uk) or direct to the appropriate member of staff. If you have any comments about our website, email A dot J dot Baker at warwick dot ac dot uk.


  • A research team, led by Dr Stephen Cullen, has been awarded the tender for the DfE’s ‘Research to understand successful approaches to supporting most academically able disadvantaged pupils.

  • Professor Richard Hastings was one of the keynote speakers at the launch of Mencap NI’s new Family Support Programme, designed to help families and improve outcomes for young children with a learning disability across Northern Ireland.
  • The systematic review of measurement tools in mental health for people with severe and profound learning disabilities has been published in Clinical Psychology Review. There is free access to the paper until 18th November 2017:
  • We have a new project with Edinburgh and Durham Universities – The Genetic Intellectual Disability Syndromes family Systems Study (GenISYS) – funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.

Research excellence

Warwick's education research ranked 3rd in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

A Better Start

A research team from the University of Warwick are leading a large, multidisciplinary consortium to evaluate a 10-year study designed to improve the life chances of children 0-3: Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start.