Senior Research Officer, Institute of Education
Brenda Taggart’s background is in primary education (children age 5 – 11 years) having been a teacher, deputy/acting Headteacher and initial and in-service teacher trainer. She has worked extensively in the field of educational research for almost 20 years with a focus on social equity. She has conducted research for both the UK governmental and non-governmental bodies exploring the impact of educational initiatives. Brenda is particularly well known for her work in researching the benefits of early years education. She is the Principal Investigator/Research Co-ordinator for the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project, a longitudinal study (1997 – 2014) funded by the UK’s Department for Education. She works with policy makers and practitioners on issue of quality and effective pedagogy. Brenda is a much sought after speaker as she is able to make complex research findings accessible to a range of audiences.
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