Professor Judy Sebba

Research Grants

Publications (see Department of Education page)

Judy is Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education. She came to Oxford from the University of Sussex where she was Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education and Social Work and Director of the Centre for Inquiry and Research in Cognition, Learning and Teaching.

In 2009, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto with the Knowledge Mobilisation Team, researching the mediation and impact of research in policy and public services. She was Co-Deputy Chair of the REF 2014 sub-panel for Education and was also a member of the RAE 2008 sub-panel. In 2011, she was conferred the award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

From 1997-2003 Judy was Senior Adviser (Research), Standards and Effectiveness Unit Department for Education and Skills, responsible for advising ministers on the research strategy and quality of research relating to schools. She also worked on the relationship between special educational needs and the standards agenda. During this period, Judy commissioned the ‘EPPI centre’ to develop systematic reviews in education and subsequently was involved in extending this to social work and social care. She set up the National Educational Research Forum, and the National Teacher Research Panel with colleagues from TTA. She was also a member of the Government panel that undertook a review on behalf of the Cabinet Office on the use of research pilots across government. Judy was a member of the HEFCE review of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise that led to user members on panels and the group that set up the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme.


Selected recent research grants:

2014-2017 DfE £550,000 Children’s Social Care Innovation Fund Evaluation Coordinator
2015-2016 FosterTalk/Sir Halley Stewart Trust £60,000 Impact of allegations on foster carers
2015-2016 Bath and NE Somerset £60,000 Evaluation of attachment-aware schools
2015-2019 Birmingham County Council/Core Assets £62,000 Social Impact Bond Evaluation of ‘Step Down’ from Residential to Foster Care.
2014-2015 GLA £60,000 Evaluation London Schools Excellence Fund: Children in Care
2014 NSPCC £9,500 Luke was PI. Review of mental health interventions for LAC
2014-15 Nuffield Foundation £160,000 The Educational Progress of Looked After Children in England: Linking Care and Educational Data
2013-15 ESRC £30,000 Seminar series on Fostering Teenagers
2012-15 Siblings Together £30,000 Evaluation of befriending scheme for siblings placed apart.
2012-18 Core Assets £1.8m core funding for Rees Research Centre.

Between January 2008 and 2012, Judy was awarded research grants (mostly as Co-PI with PGCE staff subject specialists) of over half a million pounds. These were in three main areas of work:

  • Classroom and school processes and disadvantage: Pupil grouping, personalised learning, assessment for learning, primary-secondary transition and raising the aspirations of disadvantaged pupils to increase their access to higher education;
  • Systematic reviewing, user engagement in research and the role of research mediation;
  • Teacher and professional development in particular through collaborative working (across schools and services) and their use of research.


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