Professor of Child Development and Education at University of Oxford
4 Mar 2021
Iram has an international reputation for longitudinal research and policy expertise, she has co-directed a number of influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2015) and the Effective Early Educational Experiences in Australia (E4Kids, Australian Research Council 2009-2015). Her recent studies on professional development are all cluster randomised controlled trials of evidence-based interventions looking at the impact of evidence-based professional development to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children eg in New South Wales Fostering Effective Early Learning (2018) England Using Research tools to Promote Language in the Early Years in 120 schools in England (2020) and early maths TEEMUP study (EEF, 2020-2024). She has undertaken government reviews of the Welsh Foundation Phase (2014) and the Scottish early years workforce (2015). Her work on disadvantage includes two C4EO high-level reviews of what families and integrated working contribute to child outcomes for under-fives. Amongst her many published works she has authored award-winning books including: Social Class and Educational Inequality the Role of Parents and Schools (Cambridge Uni Press, 2015). Iram’s policy work has included being on the Advisory Group for the Welsh Government advising four ministers; Victorian and South Aus., Governments Education Advisory Groups helping to reconfigure education systems; specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Children’s Centres. She has undertaken research and provided advice for UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, Bernard van Leer and Aga Khan Foundations and to many governments overseas.