Caroline Sharp

Caroline Sharp

Research Director,
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Caroline has over 30 years’ experience in leading, designing and contributing to qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research and evaluation projects. Through her vast experience in collecting data she is able to give children, young people and practitioners a voice – something she finds particularly rewarding. Caroline has worked on international comparative studies and has extensive experience of writing for and presenting to practitioner and policy audiences. She also has a particular interest in research methods and communicating research findings, as well as supporting others to develop their research and writing skills. As well as developing and delivering training sessions and authoring guides to help school practitioners conduct their own research. Caroline is committed to advancing the role of research and information in promoting social mobility through education. This includes studies of how English schools support disadvantaged pupils through the pupil premium and how Welsh early childhood education settings use the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant.

This session will highlight the latest research on improving social mobility and supporting disadvantaged pupils, including by exploring:

  • Features of schools which have raised attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • Pathways to success for pupils and staff
  • Risk factors and how to mitigate these

Key takeaways will include:

  • Strategies for early years, primary and secondary school leaders to implement among teachers and learning support assistants
  • Guidance on developing a whole-school ethos of attainment for all
  • An understanding of how to utilise school data to improve staff deployment and spending for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils