Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Completed Projects

This page shows some of our completed projects. You can use the categories in the menu to focus on a particular area.

Play@Home project

Evaluation: Black Country Early Outcomes

The University of Wolverhampton Education Observatory was commissioned in August 2019 to evaluate the Black Country Early Outcomes project outputs. The project has been focused on addressing weaknesses around speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and raise standards and outcomes in all four Black Country Local Authorities (Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall).

Evaluation of EYSEND

EYSEND aims to improve the quality of provision for children with SEND in the early years and settings by improving confidence, knowledge and ability in the workforce to identify and support children with SEND.

Evaluation of TALK Derby

TALK Derby is a programme of support to strengthen the development of speech, language and communication skills in the early years in Derby. Its overall aim is to increase the social mobility of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Derby.

North South Divide project

North South Divide

This research examined the credibility of the notion of a north-south divide and its effects on children, young people and staff in schools.

Teaching That Matters project

Teaching That Matters

Teaching that Matters was researched and written for Million+ by Mark Hadfield, Jas Dhillon, Michael Jopling and Russell Goffe-Wood. The report highlights how a teaching revolution is underway in modern universities with new approaches to teaching and learning that increases employability and improves the social mobility of graduates.

Play@Home project

An Evaluation of Reach of Play@Home

The University of Wolverhampton was commissioned by NHS Scotland to evaluate the reach of play@home, explore the attitudes and beliefs of vulnerable families on the purpose and importance of play and find out if, and in what ways, vulnerable parents/carers are supported to access and experience play@home.

Young Dads TV project

Young Dads TV Impact Evaluation

The Education Observatory implemented an impact evaluation of the Young Dads TV Project (YDTV) interventions on Young Dads (YDs) and stakeholder organisations. YDTV was a project initiated by Media for Development to improve young fathers’ visibility and recognition and help address the complex web of challenges and barriers which all too often result in young fathers being distant figures in their children’s lives.

Lost in Transition Europe

LITE: Lost in Transition EU

The LiTE (Lost in Transition Europe) project aimed to understand current national strategies that support the transition from non-compulsory, or mature learners, to Higher Education (HE) and build on, or develop new, strategies and resources. The project ran from October 2011 toThe Grant value is €270,000 (75% of project total €360,000) with the support of the Lifelong Learning Erasmus Programme of the European Union. February 2014.

ICT in ITT project

Exploring the Use of ICT in ITT

This report outlines the findings of the evaluation of the TDA’s programme for funding ICT in ITT between 2003 and 2008. This page contains a number of video case studies and document downloads, as well as other resources developed. The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) was a body responsible for the initial and in-service training of teachers and other school staff in England from 2005-2012.

Early Talk project

Evaluation of the I Can Early Talk programme

This qualitative evaluation of the I Can Early Talk (ET) programme at supportive level was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), now the Department for Education (DfE). The research was conducted in 14 Sure Start (children’s centres) in England in 2010, focusing on children aged 3 to 4 years old.

RESEARCH TEAM: Judy Whitmarsh, Michael Jopling and Mark Hadfield

Young Parenting Programme project

Young Parenting Programme

We began evaluating North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate and District Foundation Trust’s young parenting programme in collaboration with colleagues from Northumbria University in February 2018.

HeadStart Wolverhampton

An Evaluation of HeadStart Wolverhampton

Between 2017 and 2020 we evaluated Headstart in Wolverhampton, part of a ground-breaking £8.8m project funded nationally by Big Lottery, which focused on improving young people’s resilience, mental health and wellbeing.

Research Leads: Karl Royle (Project Lead), Professor Michael Jopling (Research Director)