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Charlynne Pullen

Charlynne Pullen BA (Hons) MSc GDE

Principal Research Fellow


Summary

An experienced researcher in education, my research interests are mainly in post-16 technical and vocational education. Previous projects include leading and managing Further Education workforce data, evaluating leadership and governance programmes in Further Education, and writing the Global Statement for Professional Technical Education and Training. Previous roles include Head of Research and Evaluation at The Education and Training Foundation, Research Manager at City & Guilds, and Principal Researcher Evaluation and Skills at the Learning and Skills Network.

About

An experienced programme manager and researcher, I’ve worked in educational research and policy for the past 16 years. I was an independent consultant from April 2020 to August 2022, working for clients including the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Holex, ICF Consulting Ltd, and the TALENT programme at Midlands Innovation. I conducted research looking at: youth unemployment in Covid times; Institutes of Technology and the challenge of delivering higher technical education; adult education in a rural local authority; evaluating workforce development programmes for staff, leaders and governors in Further Education; and policy and partnerships about technicians in Higher Education.

For six years, I was Head of Research and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation, managing the FE workforce data programme including the Staff Individualised Record, and overseeing all evaluations of CPD programmes. I was on secondment at the Institute for Public Policy Research in 2016, where I wrote papers on apprenticeships and finding a solution for 16-18 year olds stuck in a cycle of Level 2 qualifications. Prior to that, I worked at City and Guilds producing and overseeing reports on a theory of vocational pedagogy, using digital technology in vocational education, and vocational education in Ireland. I also worked as a researcher at a sector skills council, the Learning and Skills Network, Universities UK and the National Foundation for Education Research.

I have been a governor at Milton Keynes College since 2016. I have previously chaired the Search and Governance Committee and the CEO Selection Committee, and currently Chair the Curriculum and Quality Committee. I am the link governor for English and maths, previously for apprenticeships, and I was involved in the establishment of the South Central Institute of Technology. In September 2020, I became a governor at the University of Bedfordshire. I was involved in appointing our current Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, and am currently the link governor for apprenticeships. I sit on the Student and Staff Experience Committee and Governance Committee as well as the main Governing Body.

I was a local councillor in Islington from 2010-14 including chairing the Education Committee in 2013-14. I was a member of the Richard Reeves Foundation charity board from 2010 until 2016, and was a governor at Robert Blair Primary School 2010-2014 and Canonbury Primary School 2008-9.

I am currently studying for a PhD in Economics from the University of Sheffield, looking at the educational and employment pathways of young people who achieve only a Level 2 by age 19, using longitudinal data. I also hold a BA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Social Research Methods from the Open University, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Teaching

Sheffield Institute of Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Publications

Frontier, E. (2020). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2018-2019 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SIR27-REPORT-FOR-PUBLICATION.pdf

BMG Research, (2019). Workforce Capability to Deliver the Digital Entitlement. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Report-Workforce-capability-to-deliver-the-digital-entitlement.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2019). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2017-2018 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SIR26-Workforce-Data-report.pdf

BMG Research, (2018). Training Needs in the Further Education Sector. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1331_Training-Needs-Analysis-Final-.pdf

Zaidi, A., Howat, C., Caisl, J., & Puts, E. (2018). Initial Teacher Education Provision in Further Education - 2015/16. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Initial-Teacher-Education-in-Further-Education-15.16-Published-April-2018.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2018). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2016-2017 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Staff-Individualised-Records-Data-Report-SIR-25-2016-17.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2017). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2015-2016 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/FE-workforce-data-2017-FINAL_new.pdf

Zaidi, A., Howat, C., & Caisl, J. (2017). Initial Teacher Education Provision in Further Education and Skills: Third Year Report. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ITE-data-report-new-brand.pdf

Pullen, C., & Dromey, J. (2016). Earning and learning: Making the apprenticeship system work for 16–18-year-olds. Institute for Public Policy Research. https://www.ippr.org/files/publications/pdf/earning-and-learning_Nov2016.pdf

Pullen, C., & Clifton, J. (2016). England’s apprenticeships: Assessing the new system. Institute for Public Policy Research. https://www.ippr.org/files/publications/pdf/Englands_apprenticeships_Aug%202016.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2016). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2014-2015 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RPT-FE-Colleges_SIR_for-publication-PC.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2016). Local Authority Providers' Workforce in 2014/15. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RPT-Local-authority-providers_for-publication-PC.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2016). Private Training Providers' Workforce in 2014/15. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RPT-Private-training-providers_for-publication-PC.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2016). Third Sector Providers' Workforce Data in 2014/15. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RPT-Third-sector-providers_for-publication-PC.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2016). Workforce Data across the Further Education sector 2014/15. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RPT-summary-of-workforce-reports_for-publication-PC.pdf

Zaidi, A., Howat, C., & Caisl, J. (2016). Initial Teacher Education Provision in Further Education and Skills: Second Year Report. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Data-analysis-of-ITE-in-FE-Year-2-report-FINAL-PC.pdf

Pullen, C., Zaidi, A., Howat, C., & Caisal, J. (2015). Initial Teacher Education Provision in Further Education and Skills. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ITE-data-report-FINAL.pdf

RCU, (2015). Work-Based Learning Workforce Survey 2013/14. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/WBL-Workforce-Survey-2015-280415.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2015). Workforce Data across the Further Education sector 2013/14. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Workforce-data-summary-13.14-final-final.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2015). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2013-2014 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/RPT-SIR22-230415.pdf

RCU, (2015). Adult and Community Learning Workforce Survey 2013/14. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ACL-Workforce-Survey-2015-210415.pdf

HOLEX, (2014). Local Authority Community Learning and Skills Workforce Survey Report 2012/13. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ACL-Survey-Final.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2014). The Qualification of Maths and English Teachers in Further Education. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/RPT-Survey-v4.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2014). Further Education Workforce Data for England: Analysis of the 2012-2013 Staff Individualised Record (SIR). https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/SIR-Report.pdf

Frontier Economics, (2014). Work-Based Learning Workforce Survey 2012/13. https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Work-Based-Learning-Workforce-Survey-Final.pdf

Pullen, C., & Varley Winter, O. (2013). Culture, Coaching and Collaboration: How to unlock the potential of digital learning in vocational teaching and learning. City & Guilds. https://www.cityandguilds.com/-/media/cityandguilds-site/documents/news/culture-coaching-and-collaboration-pdf.ashx?la=en&hash=EA4FE5AD3BEA5B426D9361AD5595FBA8277AFD70

Lucas, B., Claxton, G., & Spencer, E. (2012). How to Teach Vocational Education: A theory of vocational pedagogy. City & Guilds. https://www.improvingtechnicaleducation.org.uk/assets/__/resource-library/resource/pdf/report-how-to-teach-vocational-education.pdf

Pullen, C., Varley-Winter, O., & Melaniphy, P. (2012). International Approaches to Specialisation in Vocational Education. City & Guilds. http://hdl.voced.edu.au/10707/256953

Pullen, C., Cox, A., Fairhurst, P., Hadjivassiliou, K., Hirsh, W., Jones, K., ... Walker, E. (2010). Leading and Managing in a Recession: Same or Different Skills. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/302417685_Leading_and_Managing_in_Recession_Same_or_Different_Skills

Pullen, C., Bruce, T., & Hale, C. (2008). Researcher Mobility in the European Research Area: Barriers and Incentives. Universities UK. https://dera.ioe.ac.uk/26286/1/ResearcherMobilityEU.pdf

Pullen, C., & Morris, M. (2007). Disengagement and Re-engagement of Young People in Learning at Key Stage 3. Research in Practice. https://www.nfer.ac.uk/disengagement-and-re-engagement-of-young-people-in-learning-at-key-stage-3/

Pullen, C., Lines, A., Easton, C., & Schagen, S. (2007). Language Learning Provision at Key Stage 2: Findings from the 2006 Survey. DfES. https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukgwa/20111125054450/https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/RBX02-07

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