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Mairi Ann Cullen

Job Title
Senior Research Fellow
Department
Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research
Phone
024 7652 2184
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Research Interests

My educational research interests include parenting support and education, special educational needs and disabilities, school inclusion and exclusion, professional development for teachers and the wider children's workforce, support for children and parents affected by substance misuse, and children in care, post-care, neglected or in need. I am also interested in researching social investment. Most of my research uses combined qualitative and quantitative methods.
View Mairi Ann's publications on the University of Warwick Publications service.

Biography

I led the 'Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution (SEND)'. Funded by the Department for Education, this important project (2015-17) focused on levels of use and experiences of using the various routes to redress for disagreements around support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It covered statutory assessment of needs, disagreement resolution services, mediation services, formal complaints and appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal (SEND). Findings informed the Government Response, set out in a report to Parliament in March 2017. (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-disagreement-resolution-arrangements-in-england-review) Currently, I am leading the evaluation of Warwickshire's 'Attachment Aware Schools' pilot programme, 2017-18, funded by Warwickshire's Virtual School for Children in Care.

  • Cullen, Mairi Ann, Delasalle, Jenny, 2013. An educational researcher's journey. Walsh, Andrew; Coonan, Emma (eds.), Only connect : discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure, Huddersfield, Innovative Libraries
  • Cullen, Mairi Ann, Lindsay, G., 2007. Lifelong learning and parental employability. In Schneider, Justine; Avis, Mark; Leighton, Paul (eds.), Supporting children and families : lessons from Sure Start for evidence-based practice in health, social care and education, London, UK, Jessica Kingsley, pp. 153-163
  • Munn, P., Lloyd, G., Cullen, Mairi Ann, 2002. Policy alternatives to exclusion from school. Moon, Bob; Mayes , Ann Shelton; Hutchinson, Steven (eds.), Teaching, learning and the curriculum in secondary schools : a reader, London, Routledge/Falmer
  • Mason, S., O'Sullivan, A., Cullen, Mairi Ann, 2000. Parents' expectations and experiences of their children?s education. Closs, Alison (ed.), The education of children with medical conditions, London, D. Fulton Publishers
Title Funder Award start Award end
Family Lives - Tender Bid Family Lives 01 Feb 2018 31 Oct 2025
Headsprout® Early Reading in Special Schools (EEF Framework) Education Endowment Foundation 04 Nov 2019 29 Apr 2022
REducing the risk of criminal exploitation using multiSystEmic Therapy Youth Endowment Fund 01 Nov 2019 31 Jan 2022
Capacity building analysis Youth Endowment Fund 01 Mar 2020 31 Aug 2020
SEND evidence review Education Endowment Foundation 01 Mar 2019 01 Mar 2020
Evaluation of Warwickshire's 'Attachment Aware Schools Project, 2017-18' Warwickshire County Council 01 Aug 2017 30 Nov 2018
DFE Tender 072 Title: Research to understand successful approaches to supporting most academically able disadvantaged pupils Department for Education 12 Feb 2018 06 Jul 2018
SEND and Post-16 Provision for Employment Department for Education 08 Jan 2018 30 Jun 2018
Literature review: child neglect A proposal in response to Action for Children's Research Tender Action for Children 22 Sep 2017 22 Dec 2017
An Evaluation of the impact of the Early Intervation Foundation (EIF) Early Intervention Foundation 21 Nov 2014 15 Oct 2017
Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution (SEND) Department for Education 01 Apr 2015 31 Mar 2017
Research and Evaluation of Beyond Words books relating to relationships St Georges, London 01 Dec 2014 01 Nov 2015
AET 2013-15 Programme Evaluation Autism Education Trust (AET) 18 Mar 2014 30 Apr 2015
Evaluation of the Finished at School Programme Ambitious about Autism 01 Dec 2013 31 Mar 2015
Evaluation of Universal Parenting classes - 2014-15 Department of Health 30 Jun 2014 29 Mar 2015
Evaluation of the Area Behaviour Partnerships Warwickshire County Council 01 Sep 2014 31 Dec 2014
Evaluation of Universal Parenting classes Department for Education 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2014
Breaking the cycle through social investment Addaction 01 Jun 2012 30 Nov 2013
Evaluation of two Addaction projects: Childrens Centre Project and skills4change Programme Addaction 04 Jul 2011 29 Mar 2013
Contract Variation Addaction 21 Mar 2012 03 Mar 2013
AET Programme Evaluation Autism Education Trust (AET) 11 Nov 2011 01 Mar 2013
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
Parenting Early Intervention Programme Department for Children, Schools and Families 01 Sep 2008 31 Mar 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
Evaluation of the parent support advisor pilot - Tender Department for Education and Skills 01 Sep 2006 31 Aug 2009
Outcomes for Pupils Excluded from Pupil Referral Units or Schools for Pupils with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties University of West Scotland 01 Aug 2007 30 Apr 2009
Evaluation of early intervention path finders Department for Education and Skills 01 Sep 2006 31 Dec 2008
Contract Amendment - Raising the achievement of children: sub-contract with Institute of Education, London The Institute of Education 01 May 2005 31 Aug 2008
Nagty - evaluation of the summer - school programme 2005 - 2008 National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth 01 Jul 2005 31 Mar 2008
Outcomes for Pupils Excluded from Pupil Referral Units or Schools for Pupils with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties University of Glasgow 01 Aug 2006 31 Jul 2007
Sure Start Chelmsley Wood: Local Programme Evaluation 2005-06 Sure Start Chelmsley Wood 01 Feb 2005 31 Mar 2007
Raising the achievement of children: sub-contract with Institute of Education, London The Institute of Education 01 May 2005 31 Aug 2006
Evaluation of the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth Entrepreneurship Programme. National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth 01 Sep 2004 31 Jul 2006
KTP Project with Leicester City West Primary Care NHS Trust Leicester City West Primary Care Group 01 Jan 2004 31 Dec 2005
Evaluation of PGCE Plus Gatsby Charitable Foundation 14 Jan 2004 13 Jan 2005
Evaluation of National Childrens Homes National Childrens Homes Sure Start (Chelmsley Wood) 01 Jan 2004 31 Dec 2004
Nagty evaluation of the second multi - site summer school programme 2004. National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth 01 Jul 2004 30 Nov 2004