Claire Wolstenholme joined the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research in May 2006, with a background in psychology. Her interests include social and educational policy, social inclusion and the wider aspects of education, including pupil wellbeing. Claire has a particular interest in PSHE in schools.
Claire is experienced in managing a variety of large and small scale projects for an assortment of funders, including the Department for Education (DfE), Booktrust, and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). She has a particular focus on conducting qualitative fieldwork and analysis.
Claire is part of the Equality, Diversity and Social Justice Research group
Children and young people’s wellbeing
Education Policy LGBT wellbeing
Literacy Post 16, skills and higher education policy
Equality and Diversity
Social Sciences and Humanities
- Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
Co-director of the Evaluation of the Jigsaw PSHE programme for schools 2015-2016
Project manager for the Longitudinal Evaluation of the China-England Teacher Exchange on behalf of the DfE. 2014-2018 Project manager for the EEF Think Forward Evaluation.
Project manager of the Scratch Maths intervention in primary schools for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) 2014-2017. PSHE under a coalition government: schools’ perspectives. Internally awarded research grant.
Coldwell, M, Shipton, L, Stevens, A, Stiell, B, Willis, B and Wolstenholme, C (2011) Process evaluation of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Pilot for Department for Education
Download research report from DfE website
Download research brief from DfE website
Formby, E, Coldwell M, Stiell B, Demack S, Stevens A, Shipton L, Wolstenholme C, Willis B (2011) Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education: A mapping study of the prevalent models of delivery and their effectiveness for Department for Education
Download research report from DfE website
Download research brief from DfE website
Holland M, Hudson T, Cripps C, Barley R, Wolstenholme C (2010) Evaluation of Mentoring Extension to SASP Pilots, Final Report at End of Second Year
Bath C, Garrick R, Dunn K, Maconochie H, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2010) Children's Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for Department for Education
Download final report from DfES website
Download research brief from DfES website
Formby E, Owen J, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2010) Mapping Bradford Tic Tacs: An Evaluation of School Based Health Services for Young People
Price I, Clark E, Holland M, Emerton C, Wolstenholme C (2010) Condition Matters: pupil voices on the design and condition of secondary schools (1.02MB) for Cfbt Education Trust
Stiell B, Willis B, Stevens A, Wolstenholme C and Maxwell B (2010) School meal uptake research in Rotherham, for Rotherham MBC and NHS Rotherham
Coldron J, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2009) Selection by attainment and aptitude in English secondary schools British Journal of Educational Studies
Download pre-published version (PDF 162KB)
Tang N, Nollent A, Barley R, Wolstenholme C (2009) Linking outward and inward mobility - how raising the international horizons of UK students enhances the international student experience on the UK campus commissioned by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
Evans A, Hawksley F, Holland M, Wolstenholme C, Willis B (2007) The Role of the Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator: Secondary Headteachers' and ITT Coordinators' perspectives (PDF 280KB) Paper delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe, University of Wolverhampton 2007
McCaig C, Bowers-Brown T, Slack K, Barley R, Adnett N, Cripps C, Wolstenholme C, Willis B (2008) Schwartz Report - Review 2008 For Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA)
Download reports from SPA website (Reports include: Executive Summary and Conclusions, Research Findings, Themes and good practice case studies)
McCaig C, Drew S, Marsden D, Haughton P, McBride J, McBride D, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2008) International Research Collaboration in UK Higher Education Institutions (PDF from DIUS website) for Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS)
Drew S, McCaig C, Marsden D, Haughton P, McBride J, McBride D, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2008) Trans-national Education and Higher Education Institutions: Exploring Patterns of HE institutional Activity (PDF from DIUS website) for DIUS
Coldron J, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2008) Selection by attainment and aptitude in English secondary schools in 2006 (PDF from University of Leeds website). Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 3-6 September 2008.
Shipton L, Stiell B, Willis B, Wolstenholme C, Coldron J (2008) Choice Advice: Results of a Pilot Evaluation (PDF 129KB) for Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
Coldwell M, Simkins T, Coldron J, Smith R, Aspinwall K, Close P, Elliot N, Garrett Viv, Maxwell B, Wainwright J, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2008) Developing the whole school workforce - An evaluation of the Testbed programme (Final Report, PDF 270KB) for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)
Coldron J, Tanner E, Finch S, Shipton L, Wolstenholme C, Willis B, Demack S, Stiell B (2008) Secondary School Admissions Sheffield Hallam University with National Centre for Social Research (Report DCSF-RR020)
Coldwell M, Trickey S, Gornall L, Holland M, Drew S, Willis B and Wolstenholme C (2007) Rotherham Ready: Final Report
Coldwell M, Gornall G, Holland M, Trickey S, Willis B and Wolstenholme C (2006) Developing Enterprise Culture in a Northern Educational Authority in the UK: Involving trainee teachers in learning-orientated evaluation (PDF 126KB) Paper presented to the European Conference on Educational Research, Geneva 2006
Kay J, Channer Y, Coldron J, Stiell B, Wolstenholme C, Caillau I (2006) Advancing Together Interim Evaluation Report for Sheffield City Council
Worked with colleagues in CSE on the Science and Innovation Observatory
Evaluation of Think Forward Pilot, 2013-2015 (for Education Endowment Foundation) with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
Boylan, M., Maxwell, B., Wolstenholme, C., Jay, T., & Demack, S. (2018). The mathematics teacher exchange and 'mastery' in England: The evidence for the efficacy of component practices. Education sciences, 8 (4), 202. http://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040202
Hodge, N., & Wolstenholme, C. (2016). 'I didn't stand a chance': how parents experience the exclusions appeal tribunal. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20 (12), 1297-1309. http://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2016.1168875
Formby, E., & Wolstenholme, C. (2012). If there’s going to be a subject that you don’t have to do …’ Findings from a mapping study of PSHE education in English secondary schools. Pastoral care in education: an international journal of personal, social and emotional development, 30 (1), 5-18. http://doi.org/10.1080/02643944.2011.651227
Clayton, B., Beard, C., Humberstone, B., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). The jouissance of learning: evolutionary musings on the pleasures of learning in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 14 (4), 375-386. http://doi.org/10.1080/13562510903050129
Coldron, J.H., Willis, B., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). Selection by attainment and aptitude in English secondary schools. British journal of educational studies, 57 (3), 245-264. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00435.x
Boylan, M., Wolstenholme, C., Maxwell, B., Demack, S., Jay, T., Reaney, S., & Adams, G. (2019). Longitudinal evaluation of the Mathematics Teacher Exchange: China-England - Final Report. Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evaluation-of-the-maths-teacher-exchange-china-and-england
Wolstenholme, C., Willis, B., & Culliney, M. (2016). Evaluation of the impact of Jigsaw the mindful approach to PSHE on primary schools. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.
Wolstenholme, C., & Willis, B. (2016). Personal Social Health & Economic (PSHE) Education under the coalition government. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/ceir/sites/ceir/files/PSHE%20Research%20report%20January%202016.pdf
Wolstenholme, C., Coldwell, M., & Stiell, B. (2014). Independent Review Panel and First-tier Tribunal Exclusion Appeals systems : Research Report. Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/285458/DFE-RR313.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.
Tang, N., Nollent, A., Barley, R., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). Linking outward and inward mobility : how raising the international horizons of UK students enhances the international student experience on the UK campus. Sheffield Hallam University.
Price, I., Clark, E., Holland, M.R., Emerton, C., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). Condition matters: pupil voices on the design and condition of secondary schools. Reading: CfBT Education Trust.
Coldron, J.H., Tanner, E., Finch, S., Shipton, L., Wolstenholme, C., Willis, B., ... Stiell, B. (2008). Secondary school admissions. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/DCSF-RR020.pdf
Evans, A., Hawksley, F., Holland, M.R., Wolstenholme, C.E., & Willis, B. (2007). The role of the initial teacher training co-ordinator: secondary headteachers' and ITT co-ordinators' perspectives. http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/attachments/80a5682f-5ef5-435b-8472-c8348f2ee5ec.pdf
Coldwell, M.R., Gornall, L., Holland, M.R., Trickey, D.S., Willis, B., & Wolstenholme, C.E. (2006). Developing enterprise culture in a northern educational authority in the UK: involving trainee teachers in learning-orientated evaluation. http://www.eera-ecer.eu/ecer/ecer2006/
Evans, A., Holland, M.R., Wolstenholme, C.E., Willis, B., & Hawksley, F. (2006). The role of the Initial Teacher Training Coordinator in the school based element of partnership: to what extent does the Co-ordinator undertake supervision of aspects of quality assurance? Ljubljana: National School for Leadership in Education: http://www.pef.uni-lj.si/atee/
Journal reviewing for: International Journal of Health Promotion and Education