Collaborative and evolving research

Staff and students within SEED have a long-standing reputation for developing collaborative partnerships with schools, colleges and other education providers within Greater Manchester, the North West, and internationally.

Our staff are currently involved in a diverse range of research projects that aim to add to knowledge in the field of education and support schools, parents and young people.


#BeeWell is a youth-centred programme led by The University of Manchester, The Gregson Family Foundation and Anna Freud. Together with our partners, we listen to the voices of young people, act together for change and celebrate young people’s wellbeing.

#BeeWell believes that young people’s wellbeing is as important as their academic attainment. Using a co-designed survey, we listen to the voices of as many young people as possible; publish the results privately to schools and publicly by neighbourhood; and drive action across society to improve young people’s wellbeing.

#BeeWell’s Mission is to see this approach implemented nationally by 2030.


Investigating teachers’ autism knowledge

Investigation of Mainstream Teachers' Autism Knowledge and Self-Efficacy for Working with Autistic Students in England: The Role of Professional Development

This project examines mainstream education teachers’ knowledge of autism, autism-related self-efficacy and their professional development experiences in England, to investigate the impact of prior autism-specific professional development experiences.

Preschool, primary, and secondary school teachers can participate through an anonymous online survey. The questionnaire includes two short scales about knowledge of autism and self-efficacy, and one section for prior professional development experiences in addition to demographic questions. Teachers who have no experience with a professional development activity can also participate. The results of this research will identify gaps in the professional development needs of teachers and inform future teacher professional development programs to empower mainstream teachers to create a more inclusive environment.

To join the project, or for more information, contact Dr Busra Besdere