Louise Tracey is a Research Fellow in the Education Department, University of York. Her research interests include, research methods, professional development, early years education, and literacy. She has previously worked as a researcher in the Institute for Effective Education, University of York, the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Liverpool, and in the Teacher and Leadership Research Centre in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. Louise has conducted evaluations of co-operative learning and maths achievement, and a longitudinal evaluation of the Success for All literacy programme. She recently evaluated the Plymouth Parent Partnership: SPOKES literacy programme and was involved in the Born in Bradford ‘Starting Schools’ project. Current studies include evaluations of the Grammar for Writing programme and of the English as an Additional Language in the Mainstream Classroom programme, both for the Education Endowment Foundation. Louise is a member of the Maternal and Child Health Theme of the National Institute for Health Research CLAHRC for Leeds, York, and Bradford and the National Literacy Trust’s Literacy for Life Steering Group.
Professor Anna Vignoles is Professor of Education (1938) at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on the impact of school resources on pupil achievement and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement. Her research interests include issues pertaining to equity in education, school choice, school efficiency and finance and the economic value of schooling. Anna is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. She is also Deputy Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education and the Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions (funded by DfE). Anna has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury. She provided advice to the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding, the House of Commons Education and Skills Committee investigation of higher education funding, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee, as part of their inquiry into education and training opportunities for young people, and Lord Leitch's Review of Skills. Anna is also the economist member of the NHS Pay Review Body. Anna is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. and Education Economics. She peer reviews for a range of journals and organisations including, the British Education Research Journal, the ESRC (I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College), Oxford Economic Papers and the Economics of Education Review. Anna has strong links with policy-makers and was invited recently to speak at the ESRC Ministerial Seminar on "Longitudinal Studies and Administrative Data Sets", sponsored by David Willets MP, Minister for Universities and Science and on "The Future of Young People" at the Royal Society.
Daniel studied Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University, involving four months fieldwork in rural Jamaica, and graduated in 1981. He later carried out a community study in central Scotland, focussing on working class culture, unemployment, consumption and masculinity. This became the topic of his PhD (Edinburgh University, 1987). He subsequently contributed to several applied social science projects in the fields of education, community development and nursing. In 1990 he joined the MRC Medical Sociology Unit to conduct a qualitative study of young Glaswegian men's sexual behaviour, focussing on social influences, negotiation of sexual encounters and the impact of HIV. This led to work with an inter-disciplinary team, from 1993-96, to develop a theoretically based teacher-delivered sex education programme (SHARE), in collaboration with the Health Education Board for Scotland now NHS Health Scotland . Daniel led the evaluation of this programme, employing a randomised trial with 25 schools, complemented by a detailed process evaluation. Since 1997 Daniel has been involved in sexual behaviour research and the evaluation of a complex sexual health programme in Tanzania, in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine . From 2001-2010 he led the Unit's partnership in a Department for International Development Knowledge Programme, and then Research Consortium Programme, on HIV and sexual health in developing countries. Current research interests include early years intervention, young people's health and lifestyles, parent-child relationships and health outcomes, sexual and reproductive health in low income countries, the development and evaluation of interventions, and developing social science research capacity in Africa.