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Iram Siraj, Professor

Professor at University of Oxford & University of Maynooth

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.

Iram Siraj's contributions

BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

The BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award recognises and celebrates the impact of research and practice in the education community and how both have demonstrably engaged the public.



BERA Conference 2021 – Keynotes now Available

For our first venture into a fully online annual conference, we were delighted to have secured four outstanding keynote speakers to present alongside the full range of symposia, workshops and...

BERA in the news10 Dec 2021

Iram Siraj – BERA Conference 2021 Keynote

Abstract Data for this presentation was derived from the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project, a large scale, a longitudinal, mixed-methods research study that...

Video3 Dec 2021