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Steve Strand

Steve Strand has been Professor of Education at the University of Oxford since January 2013. Previously he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick (2005-2012), Senior Assessment Consultant and Head of Research and Data Analysis at GL assessment, the UK’s leading educational test and assessment publisher (1998-2005), and Head of Research and Evaluation at Wandsworth (1990-1998) and at Croydon (1988-1990) Local Education Authorities, and in these roles was responsible for pioneering work on ‘value added’ analyses of school effectiveness. He holds a BA First Class (1982) and PhD (1989) in Psychology.

His research interests are in ethnic, social class and gender gaps in a range of educational outcomes (e.g. achievement, progress, special education, exclusion). His methodological expertise is in the quantitative analysis of large and complex longitudinal datasets such as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) and the National Pupil Database (NPD).

He has been Special Adviser to the House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry into the Underachievement in Education of White Working Class Children (2013-2014); Consultant to the England Department for Education Black Pupil’s Achievement Group (2007-2009) and Gender Agenda (2007-2008); a member of BERA Executive Council (2000-2003) and the AQA Research Committee (2010-2013). He is a member of the editorial boards of the British Educational Research Journal, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Oxford Review of Education, Review of Education and Research Paper in Education. He is a full member of the REF21 Panel for Education.

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