Education Observatory

Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton

Overcoming disadvantage

This page shows our projects in this area. Click the links for more details.

Fairer Funding

This initiative is designed to help us all, working on research with distant, diverse and different people, communities and cultures, to work together fairly and openly

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.

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.

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)