What we're working on

Current and recent projects

These are some of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) researchers' current and recent projects.

Engagement profiles

CERI special educational needs and disability (SEND) researchers are working with agency IFF Research to deliver a research commission for the Department for Education. We have been asked to investigate whether an engagement profile that describes how a student engages with learning can function as a new national statutory assessment for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The research project is called “The seven aspects of engagement as a basis for statutory assessment” and the DfE is due to publish the findings in December 2018.

Making a Splash

Our SEND researchers are working with the Mighty Creatives to research the impact of a regional project called SPLASH. Splash is a touring festival centred on the waterways of the East Midlands. It aims to engage children and young people with learning difficulties in arts-based activities on the theme of the waterways. 

In the mainstream

We are working with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), who have commissioned a study on the impact of mainstream education on the adult lives of people with disabilities. This project, combined with the Splash project, is allowing us to develop innovative, art-based methodologies and forms of data presentation that are inclusive and accessible for people with learning difficulties.

Improving outcomes

We are working with the City of Derby Opportunities Area Board to deliver a whole school SEND project that aims to improve the educational outcomes of children and young people in Derby with special educational needs and disability. CERI is project managing this work and special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) network meetings are held at the University. The University will also host an annual conference for school-based staff on the theme of improving inclusive practice.

Health and care

CERI worked with agency IFF Research to deliver a large-scale national evaluation of the experiences that service users had of Education Health and Care Plans. This work provided important indications of strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of the principles and requirements embedded in the 2014 Children and Families Act referred to in a Commons Education Select Committee that is investigating the implementation of this legislation and its impact.

Training the trainers

CERI delivered a two-year project for the Education and Training Foundation to evaluate training for Apprenticeships Trainers and Assessors based on the new Apprenticeships Standards.