Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford

    • MA, PhD, Hon DLitts, FRSA, AcSS
    • Professor of Education
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  • Summary:
    • I worked as an early years teacher for most of the 1980s and have been an academic and researcher for over 25 years, holding positions at the universities of Warwick and London.

      I research the impact of home learning, staff training, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment on young children's learning and development, particularly those children and families from vulnerable backgrounds. I am also interested in what shapes learners' life-course trajectories over time.

      I have lectured in over 30 countries and co/authored over 60 books and published research reports as well as around 150 refereed journal articles and chapters in scholarly texts.
  • Teaching:
    • • MA Early Childhood Education
      • EdD and PhD doctoral research training programmes.
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • • Lara Said - Early numeracy school effectiveness in Maltese schools
      • Denise Kingston - Quality in ECE, using the ECERS to improve quality
      • Mercedes Rivandeiro - Literacy in the homes of vulnerable children and families in Chile
      • Mami Umayahara - ECE curriculum implementation in Chile
      • Pam Holland - Leadership and the NQHT: Who succeeds and who fails
      • Sarah Klaus - Roma children in Bosnia
      • Sian Williams - Curriculum and pedagogy intervention in the Caribbean
      • Steph Harding - Young children's learning in the outdoor environment
      • Chee Wah Sum - Quality Early Childhood Education – Policies and Practices in Singapore
      • Denise Chua - Parental Attitudes towards "Preparing for Primary 1" in Singapore.
  • Professional Activities:
    • • Early Education Advisory Group, Advisor to Minister for Children (England)
      • Ministerial Advisory Group, by appointment specialist for 0-7 (Welsh Assembly Government)
      • Tutors of Advanced Courses for Teachers of Young Children (TACTYC)
      • British Educational Research Association
      • American Educational Research Association
      • Standing Conference on Studies in Education
      • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts
      • President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE)
      • Governor, Coram Children's Centre
      • Hong Kong Council for National Academic Awards, Specialist Register.

      Visiting professor at:
      • Melbourne School of Graduate Education, University of Melbourne 2009-2013
      • Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2009-2011
      • Murdoch Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne, 2009
      • Macquarie University, 2009
      • Honorary fellow at the University of Wales, 2009 (lifetime award).

      Editorial boards:
      • Journal of Multi-Professional Early Childhood Education, 1997-present
      • International Journal of Early Years Education, 1994-present (Editor, 1994-2008)
      • Multicultural Teaching, 1992-present
      • Education and Effectiveness, 2008-present
      • Evaluation and Research in Education, 2008-present.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • The effects of parents and the early home learning environment (HLE) on children's development and learning, Invited SIG Symposium paper European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, University of Exeter, September 2011.

      Effective Pedagogy in KS 2 English and Maths in 'EPPSE as a programme of research' Keynote Symposia, British Educational Research Conference, University of London, September 2011.

      How working class children 'succeed against the odds': Learning over the life-course 3-16. Dean's Seminar Series, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, August 2011.

      Scientific evidence for the long-term impact of pre-school education: Evidence from research. Govt. Ministries and University of Waikato, Wellington, New Zealand. July 2011.

      Learning for Life: Findings from the EPPE project. HiMATS, Inverness, June 2011.

      Evidence from research on the long-term impact of early education in the home and preschool, Ministries and Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, May 2011.

      Defining, developing and measuring quality in the early years, Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Inspectorate, Singapore March 2010.

      Frameworks and foundations: When only the best will do, Early Learning State Conferences, Australian Council for Educational Research, March and April 2009.

      Overview of 'what works' in narrowing the gap in outcomes; family-based support for early learning and integrating early years services, for the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes, 2009, in Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, London and Bristol.

      Quality in the early years: What makes a difference? National Strategies national conference, 15 October 2008, in London.
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • Sweden, France, Portugal, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Cuba, Caribbean, USA, Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt: curriculum, policy, pedagogy and quality
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  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Mayo, A. (2012) Social Class and Educational Inequality: The impact of parents and schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I., Shepherd, D-L., Sammons, P., Taggart., Melhuish, E. and Sylva, K. (2012) Effective Teachers in primary Schools: key research on pedagogy and children's learning. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Mayo, A. (2012) Major Work International Reader, Early Childhood Education. London: Sage.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2010) 'Learning in the home and in school: how working class children succeed against the odds', British Educational Research Journal 36 (3), 463-482, Routledge Article of the Year Award winner.
  • Sylva, K., Melhuish, E. C., Sammons, P., Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Taggart, B. (eds) (2010) Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project. London: Routledge.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Woodhead, M. (eds) (2009) Effective Early Childhood Programmes. Early Childhood in Focus. Milton Keynes: Open University.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2009) 'Conceptualising progression in the pedagogy of play and sustained shared thinking in early childhood education: a Vygotskian perspective', Educational and Child Psychology 26 (2),
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Manni, L. (2008) 'Would you like to tidy up now? An analysis of adult questioning in the English Foundation Stage', Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development 28 (1), 5–22.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I., Sylva, K., Taggart, B., Sammons, P. and Melhuish, E. (2008) 'Towards the transformation of early childhood practice', The Cambridge Journal of Education 38 (1), 23–36.
  • Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2008) 'Understanding the relationship between curriculum, pedagogy and progression in learning in early childhood', Hong Kong Journal of Early Childhood Education 7 (2), 3–13.
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