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Professor Steve Strand

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Institute of Education
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Research Interests

Equity issues in relation to pupil progress, in particular ethnicity, social class and gender;school effectiveness and school improvement;the use of data to support teaching & learning;educational assessment and testing


Steve is Professor of Education, Deputy Director of Research, Course Leader for MA in Educational Research Methods, and teaches foundation and advanced quantitative research methods. Before joining Warwick in April 2005, Steve was Senior Assessment Consultant at nferNelson, the UKs leading educational test and assessment publisher (1998-2005). Prior to that Steve was Head of Research and Evaluation at Wandsworth Local Education Authority (1990-1998) and Head of Assessment and Evaluation at Croydon LEA (1988-1990) and in these roles was responsible for pioneering work on value added analyses of school performance. He holds a first class BA Hons (1982) and PhD (1989) in Psychology. Steve has worked extensively with Government departments, Local Authorities and individual schools on the analysis of pupil data, school effectiveness and differential pupil progress.

  • Strand, Steve, 2010. Disadvantage, ethnicity, gender and attainment. In Demie, Feyisa; Lewis, Kirstin (eds.), White working class achievement : a study of barriers to learning in schools, London, Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit, pp. 11-32
  • Strand, Steve, 2008. Pupil mobility. In McCulloch, Gary; Crook, David (eds.), The Routledge international encyclopedia of education, London, Routledge, pp. 471-473
Title Funder Award start Award end
Evaluation of Universal Parenting classes Department for Education 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2014
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Cost-Effectiveness Research Programme Department for Children, Schools and Families 01 Sep 2009 31 Aug 2012
Barriers and facilitators to continuing in full-time education (FTE) post-16: A research project with The Manor School, Nottinghamshire The Manor Academy 01 May 2011 31 Dec 2011
Attitude to Shakespeare and comparison to initial LPN evaluation Royal Shakespeare Company 01 Sep 2010 31 Dec 2011
Evaluation of impact of DCSF investment in initiatives designed to improve teacher workforce skills in relation to SEN and disabilities Department for Children, Schools and Families 30 Dec 2008 31 Mar 2011
The Lancaster - Warwick - Stirling Node: Developing Statistical modelling in the Social Sciences Phase 2 Lancaster University 01 Oct 2008 31 Mar 2011
Parenting Early Intervention Programme Department for Children, Schools and Families 01 Sep 2008 31 Mar 2011
Evaluation of the RSCs learning network Royal Shakespeare Company 01 Sep 2007 28 Feb 2010
Drivers and challenges in raising the achievement of pupils: DCSF Contract from GfK NOP GfK NOP 01 Feb 2009 15 Feb 2010
Researching into the effectiveness of theatre in education as a method for educating against extremism West Midlands Police 01 Nov 2009 31 Jan 2010
Evaluation of the parent support advisor pilot - Tender Department for Education and Skills 01 Sep 2006 31 Aug 2009
Stand up for Shakespeare - RSC Learning and Performance Network Training and Development Agency for Schools 12 Jan 2009 31 Mar 2009
Banging your head on the ceiling: Social and economic factors and their relationship in the differential attainment of Southwark school children Southwark Council 01 Mar 2008 30 Sep 2008
Continuation to Minority Ethnic Pupils Department for Education and Skills 31 Mar 2007 30 Apr 2007
Amendment - Minority ethnic pupils in the longitudinal study of young people in education. Department for Education and Skills 01 Aug 2006 31 Mar 2007
Supplement to Minority Ethnic Pupils Department for Education and Skills 01 Aug 2006 31 Mar 2007
Evaluation of the introduction of a national register of gifted and talented youth. National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth 01 Apr 2006 30 Mar 2007
Minority Ethnic Pupils in the Longitudinal Study of Young People in Education Department for Education and Skills 01 Aug 2006 31 Jan 2007