Research-Informed Pedagogies

Co-creating and evaluating theories of educational practice

This group brings together academic researchers, practitioner researchers (including EdD students), schools and the voluntary sector to promote inter-organisational collaboration, knowledge creation and exchange with a focus on social, environmental and inclusive practice. As a community of practice, we co-create and evaluate theories of educational practice through exploratory research, knowledge exchange events, action research and evaluative inquiry.

Current research themes include:

  • Partnerships: scholarship, knowledge exchange and research partnerships with local and regional schools (and other schooling/educational organisations)
  • Curriculum policy change and the impact on school improvement;
  • Critical lens on innovative, transformational pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Impact of aspirational outreach programmes in schools on disadvantaged pupils;
  • Mental health, wellbeing and Character Education initiatives, including Relationships Education, Health Education, Peer Massage and Mindfulness in Schools;
  • Issues of gender and equality in education;
  • Education for sustainable development agendas and initiatives, including Global Learning, Philosophy for Children (P4C), Forest School and Outdoor Learning.

As a multidisciplinary group with university and wider affiliated members from a range of theoretical backgrounds, educational perspectives and methodological expertise, this CERES cluster operates as a forum for collaborative action research, the development of evaluation tools, case studies, participatory research, critical policy analysis and critical discourse studies. The breadth and depth of the membership’s methodological expertise, along with its collective passion for innovative and creative approaches to research, makes the cluster an ideal vehicle to partner with external stakeholders including both primary and secondary schools and the voluntary sector.


Meet the members of this group.

External affiliated members:

The Mersey Forest

Current work



External affiliated members

PhD and Postgraduate Research Students