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2019 BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

The British Educational Research Association Public Engagement & Impact Award recognises the important impact of research and practice in the education community and celebrates significant educational research and its activities that have demonstrably engaged the public.


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Winner of the BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award (Individual) prize The importance of adjusting for pupil background in school value-added models: A study of Progress 8 and school accountability in England.

An article of their work will feature in the Summer issue of Research Intelligence.


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Winner of the BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award (Team) prize The Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA).

An article of their work will feature in the Summer issue of Research Intelligence.

2019 Individual Winner

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George Leckie, Professor

Professor of Social Statistics at University of Bristol

George Leckie is a Professor of Social Statistics and Co-Director of the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the School of Education, University of Bristol, UK. His substantive interests focus on design, analysis, and communication issues...

2019 Team Winner

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Rob Webster, Asssociate Professor

Associate Professor at University of Portsmouth

Rob Webster is an Associate Professor at UCL IOE. He is the MITA programme director and team lead for the MITA efficacy trial, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). He worked on the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support...

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Paula Bosanquet, Dr

Senior Teaching Fellow at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Dr Paula Bosanquet is a senior teaching fellow and leads the Maximising the Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA) professional development strand of MITA, which focuses on developing pupil independence. She is lead author of The Teaching...

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Sally Franklin

Senior Teaching Fellow at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Sally Franklin is a Senior Teaching Fellow and delivers the MITA school improvement course for school leaders and the MPTA training for school staff, including as part of the EEF-funded MITA trial. Sally has worked on a range of SEN projects,...

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Matthew Parker

Senior Teaching Fellow at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Matthew Parker is a Senior Teaching Fellow and delivers the MITA school improvement course for school leaders and the MPTA training for school staff. He has worked as a teaching assistant, a teacher, strategic lead for SEN, a primary headteacher,...

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Jonathan Sharples, Professor

Professor at Education Endowment Foundation

Professor Jonathan Sharples is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Education Endowment Foundation, seconded from the EPPI-Centre at UCL IOE. He works with schools and policymakers across the sector to promote evidence-informed practice, and...

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Marina Kipfer

Project Officer at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Marina Kipfer leads on day-to-day project management and administration for the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants programme. She also works in the Centre for Inclusive Education’s communication team. She holds a Masters degree in...

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Kelly Golding

UCL, Institute of Education

Kelly Golding was a MITA Coordinator (2017-18) and delivered the MITA school improvement course for school leaders and the MPTA training for school staff as part of the EEF-funded MITA trial. Kelly was previously an Assistant Head in an inner...

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Aimee Shaw

UCL, Institute of Education

Aimee Shaw was the MITA Project Manager (2017-19) and led the operational and logistical delivery of MITA activities, including the EEF-funded MITA trial.