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Mike Coldwell 29093

Dr Mike Coldwell BA MA (Econ) PhD PGCE

Head of Centre for Development and Research in Education

Summary

Mike is Head of the Centre for Development and Research in Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education. He has been conducting, managing and directing research projects for government and other organisations for over 20 years. These studies include over 60 mixed methods projects, with an emphasis on policy evaluation, and school workforce/professional development - most recently with a focus on Evidence-engaged practice in schools. Mike has particular expertise in directing multiple method designs using Realist and other theory-based models (including logic models and theory of change approaches) and policy research evaluation more broadly. He has authored and co-authored over 60 research and evaluation reports and over 20 journal and conference papers.

  • About

    Mike is Head of the Centre for Development and Research in Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education. He has been conducting, managing and directing research projects for government and other organisations for over 20 years. Mike has particular expertise in directing multiple method designs using Realist and other theory-based models (including logic models and theory of change approaches) and policy research evaluation more broadly. 

    These studies include over 60 mixed methods projects for governmental and other national organisations, with an emphasis on policy evaluation, and school workforce/professional development - most recently with a focus on Evidence-engaged practice in schools. Mike currently leads the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Integrating English evaluation and co-directs the EEF Effective Use of Teaching Assistant evaluation and Save the Children Children's Communities evaluation. Recently completed studies include the DfE Evidence-informed Teaching study (with colleagues from UCL Institute of Education and Durham University); the early process study of the Maths and Physics Teacher Supply Package (with NFER); a design study to evaluate ITT in Wales for the Welsh Government; the NCETM CPD Programme Evaluation; and the National College New Routes to Headship study (with UCL Institute of Education). 

    Mike collaborates with colleagues from organisations including NFER; UCL Institute of Education; Durham University; Institute for Fiscal Studies; Government Social Researchers North; Save the Children UK: Department of Education; and colleagues from across the Sheffield Institute of Education. His work has influenced the policy of organisations including the Department for Education; National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics; National College for Teaching and Leadership (and its two predecessors) and The Science Learning Centres Network, and recently advised SHINE Trust on its Theory of Change work. He has authored and co-authored over 60 research and evaluation reports and over 25 journal and conference papers and acts as a reviewer for journals including Teaching and Teacher Education, Educational Studies and Educational Research, and organisations including the Nuffield Foundation.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Education Policy, Professional Development and Teacher Careers, Evaluation Methodology

  • Teaching

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    • Ed D 
    • One off lectures on MA and UG T Ed courses

    Quantitative methods
    Post-positivist methodologies

  • Research

    • Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, Centre for Science Education, CDARE

    • Curriculum in Irish Early Years context
    • Leading food education
    • Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Integrating English evaluation 
    • EEF Effective Use of Teaching Assistant evaluation 
    • Save the Children Children's Communities evaluation

    Coldwell, M, Stevens A and Ramchandani, G (2015) Impact of National College Grants: final report Department for Education

    Higham, R, Coldwell, M, Earley, P and Stevens (2015), A New Routes to Headship Department for Education

    Wolstenholme C, Coldwell M, Stiell B (2014) Independent Review Panel and First-tier Tribunal Exclusion Appeals systems Department for Education

    Coldwell M, Willis B, McCaig C (2013) Investigation of the Key Stage L6 tests for Department for Education

    Coldwell M, Maxwell B, McCaig C, Davies J and Stevens A (2011) NQT Quality Improvement Study for the Training and Development Agency for Schools Synthesised key findings from all five stages of the NQT Quality Improvement Study (PDF, 644KB)

    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

    Coldwell M, Perry E, Wardle J (2011) The National Strategies 1997–2011 A brief summary of the impact and effectiveness of the National Strategies (PDF, 745KB)

    Coldwell M, Davies J, Maxwell B and McCaig C (2011) NQT Quality Improvement Study for the Training and Development Agency for Schools Part 4 Report: The Third Year of Teaching (PDF, 964KB)

    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

    Mike collaborates with colleagues from organisations including

    The Institute of Education, University of London
    Durham University
    Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Government Social Researchers North
    National College for Teaching and Leadership
    Department of Education
    NFER

    and colleagues from across the Sheffield Institute of Education.

    His work has influenced the policy of organisations including
    The Department for Education
    National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
    National College for Teaching and Leadership (and its two predecessors) and The Science Learning Centres Network

    and he currently acts as advisor to the Reading Agency on developing an outcomes framework.

  • Publications

  • Postgraduate supervision

    • School Leadership in Congo and UK
    • Leading New Schools
    • Oral History of Her Majesty's Inspectors
    • Youth Work in Republic of Ireland
    • HMIs 2000-2010 - an oral history
    • Early Years curriculum in Republic of Ireland
    • Leadership of Food Education

    • An oral history of HMIs
    • Headteachers in England and DRC
    • Youth work in the Irish context
    • The outdoor primary classroom
    • Pharmacy educators' professional knowledge and identities.


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