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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - The contribution of academically effective primary schools to the educational progress of children with Specific Word Reading Difficulties

Southampton Education School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP946617CJ

The contribution of academically effective primary schools to the educational progress of children with Specific Word Reading Difficulties

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Doctor James Hall (Southampton Education School, Lead Supervisor) (J.E.Hall@soton.ac.uk), Doctor Miranda Dodd (Southampton Education School), Doctor Chris Downey (Southampton Education School)

This project aims to explore whether attending a more academically effective primary can boost the learning trajectories of children who start school with reading difficulties – hopefully to narrow the gap between them and their peers by the end of Year 6.  Advanced quantitative methods will be used to accurately capture patterns of educational progress and reveal potential boosts from attending a more academically effective primary school.Project findings will help promote equity and inclusion in education theory, education practice, and education policy.

Skills Required

Ability to handle large data sets; strong quant analysis skills, experience of multilevel &/or structural equation modelling (preferred).

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk

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