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Anna Stevens MSc, PGCert, BA (Hons)

Research Fellow


Summary

Anna Stevens joined the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) in September 2008, after having worked at the University's Centre for Research and Evaluation (CRE) for five years.

Anna has extensive experience in quantitative research methods. She is particularly skilled in handling large datasets, managing large scale surveys and has wide experience of questionnaire design and data collection. Anna also has a keen interest in secondary data analysis and has worked with educational datasets for a number of years. She is widely experienced in using datasets such as the National Pupil Database (NPD), LSYPE, the school workforce census and school census data for research purposes.

About

Anna Stevens joined the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) in September 2008, after having worked at the University's Centre for Research and Evaluation (CRE) for five years.

Anna has extensive experience in quantitative research methods. She is particularly skilled in handling large datasets, managing large scale surveys and has wide experience of questionnaire design and data collection. Anna also has a keen interest in secondary data analysis and has worked with educational datasets for a number of years. She is widely experienced in using datasets such as the National Pupil Database (NPD), LSYPE, the school workforce census and school census data for research purposes.

Having worked on a wide variety of commissioned research projects during her time at SHU, Anna has developed a keen interest in education research. Most recently she has worked on a variety of studies using randomised control trial methodology to evaluate the impact of education interventions. This includes a large scale project looking at the impacts of an NCETM led intervention for teachers on multiplicative reasoning, which involved testing an initial sample of over 8,000 pupils across 58 secondary schools in June 2014. Furthermore worked on two EEF funded projects investigating the impacts of reading for pleasure interventions on pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school. This involved testing around 700 pupils in over 40 primary schools and matching in Key Stage 2 results as a pre-test measure.

Anna is currently working on an evaluation of the Further Mathematics support programme which involves looking at pupil and school level factors influencing the uptake of further mathematics.

Quantitative research methodology
Secondary data analysis- national pupil database
Education policy
Maths education

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Research

Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support programme (FMSP) 2014-2016
EEF Scale-Up Campaign- Improving the impact of teaching assistants 2015-2017
EEF Cornwall College Early Career CPD 2015-2017
Longitudinal Evaluation of the China-England Teacher Exchange on behalf of the DfE. 2014-2018
Scratch Maths intervention in primary schools for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 2014-2017

TextNow Transition Programme (2014). Maxwell B, Connolly P, Demack S, O'Hare L, Stevens A, Clague L. EEF
Summer Active Reading Programme (2014). Maxwell B, Connolly P, Demack S, O'Hare L, Stevens A, Clague L. EEF
New pathways into headship (2015). Higham, R. Earley, P. Coldwell, M. Stevens, A. Brown, C. NCTL
Evaluation of the Multiplicative Reasoning Professional Development Programme (2015). Boylan, M. Demack, S. Willis, B. Stevens, A. Adams, G. Verrier, D. DfE
Mentoring and Coaching for Teachers in the Further Education and Skills Sector in England (2015). Hobson, A. Maxwell, B. Stevens, A. Doyle, K. Malderez, A. Gatsby

Anna collaborates with various partners including the Institute of Education, Queen's University Belfast, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the University of Brighton and colleagues from across the Sheffield Institute of Education.

Sponsors that Anna works with include Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), Booktrust, the Education Endowment Foundation, the Department for Education, the National College for Teaching and Leadership and Gatsby.

Publications

Conference papers

McCaig, C., Stevens, A., & Bowers-Brown, T. (2006). Does Aimhigher work? evidence from the national evaluation. In Higher Education Research Network, Sheffield, 2006 (pp. 1-16).

Reports

Maxwell, B., Willis, B., Culliney, M., Coldwell, M., Demack, S., Goepel, J., & Stevens, A. (2019). Formative evaluation of the South & West Yorkshire teaching assistants scale-up campaign. Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Campaigns/SW_Yorks_TA_final_report_final.pdf

Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf

Thomas, P., Jay, T., Willis, B., Taylor, R., Merchant, G., Moore, N., ... Stevens, A. (2019). Dialogic Teaching: Addendum Report. Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_addendum_report%C2%AD_final_for_publication.pdf

Jay, T., Willis, B., Thomas, P., Taylor, R., Moore, N., Burnett, C., ... Stevens, A. (2017). Dialogic Teaching : Evaluation Report and Executive Summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Projects/Evaluation_Reports/Dialogic_Teaching_Evaluation_Report.pdf

Formby, E., Willis, B., & Stevens, A. (2016). Inspiring equality in education grant evaluation : final report. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Boylan, M., Demack, S., Stevens, A., Coldwell, M., & Stiell, B. (2016). An Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme : Research Report. Sheffield Hallam University. http://furthermaths.org.uk/files/FMSP-Final-Main-Report-for-Publication.pdf

Boylan, M., Demack, S., Willis, B., Stevens, A., Adams, G., & Verrier, D. (2015). Multiplicative reasoning professional development programme : evaluation. London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436832/RR406A_-_Multiplicative_Reasoning_Professional_Development_Programme.pdf

Higham, R., Early, P., Coldwell, M., Stevens, A., & Brown, C. (2015). New pathways into headship? London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436076/RR332A_New_Pathways_into_Headship_research_report.pdf

Hobson, A., Maxwell, B., Stevens, A., Doyle, K., & Malderez, A. (2015). Mentoring and coaching for teachers in the further education and skills sector in England. London: Gatsby Charitable Foundation. http://www.gatsby.org.uk/uploads/education/reports/pdf/mentoring-and-coaching-in-fe.pdf

Burnett, C., Wolstenholme, C., Stiell, B., & Stevens, A. (2014). Evaluation of Beyond Booked Up.

Maxwell, B., Connolly, P., Demack, S., O'Hare, L., Stevens, A., Clague, L., & Stiell, B. (2014). Summer Active Reading Programme : evaluation report and executive summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/uploads/pdf/EEF_Evaluation_Report_-_Summer_Active_Reading_Programme_-_October_2014.pdf

Maxwell, B., Connolly, P., Demack, S., O'Hare, L., Stevens, A., Clague, L., & Stiell, B. (2014). TextNow Transition Programme : evaluation report and executive summary. London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/uploads/pdf/EEF_Evaluation_Report_-_TextNow_Transition_-_October_2014.pdf

Formby, E., Coldwell, M., Stiell, B., Demack, S., Stevens, A., Shipton, L., ... Willis, B. (2011). Personal, social, healthand economic (PSHE)education: A mappingstudy of the prevalentmodels of delivery andtheir effectiveness. London: Department for Education.

Clague, L., Coldwell, M., Stevens, A., Stiell, B., Willis, B., & Wolstenholme, C. (2011). Process evaluation of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Pilot. DfE. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/year-1-phonics-screening-check-pilot-evaluation

Coldwell, M., Maxwell, B., McCaig, C., & Stevens, A. (2011). NQT Quality Improvement Study for the Training andDevelopment Agency for Schools : Synthesised key findings from all five stages of the NQT Quality Improvement Study. Sheffield Hallam University for the Training and Development Agency for Schools.

Demack, S., Platts-Fowler, D., Robinson, D., Stevens, A., & Wilson, I. (2010). Young People and Community Cohesion: Analysis from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE). Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/young-people-community-cohesion.pdf

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