I joined UCL Institute of Education in 2005. I'm an Associate Professor, based in the Centre for Inclusive Education.

Between 2011 and 2017, I led a landmark research study of the everyday educational experiences of pupils with an EHCP/Statement, which included the UK’s largest observational study of pupils with SEND.

I'm a leading expert on teaching assistants. I was a researcher on the world's largest study of TA deployment and impact: the ground-breaking DISS project. From this work, I created the award-winning Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme. I recently edited the first collection of international writing on TAs.

I'm a co-investigator on several SEND-related projects, including investigations of the impact of Covid and lockdown on mainstream and special schools, teaching assistants, and children and families with SEND. I also sit on the lead group of the SEN Policy Research Forum.

A passionate advocate for the power of educational research, I write about applying evidence in schools and classrooms. I also helped develop and presented the first seven seasons of the Research for the Real World podcast. 

I have a PhD in Education from the University of Reading, and an MA in Social Policy from Oxford Brookes University. 

Photograph by Russell Sach