Disadvantage and Poverty (DP)

Our focus is to examine how educational policy and practice, in the context of wider challenges of poverty, can become more equitable for those educationally disadvantaged.

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Our research incorporates this focus by responding to three questions.

  • Who is disadvantaged in education systems, and in what ways?
  • Why and how does educational disadvantage arise and how is poverty implicated?
  • What can be done to overcome educational disadvantage?

Our research


  • Children’s zones and zone-like approaches
  • European toolkit for schools: Strategies to prevent early school leaving
  • Greater Manchester Education and Employability Board
  • Local matters: Developing equitable pedagogies and practices in schools in high-poverty contexts
  • Oldham opportunity area: Research into practice
  • Post-16 educational transitions: Choice and progression in the transition from secondary education
  • Redefining education for a social solidarity urban economy
  • Social policies and distributional outcomes in a changing Britain
  • Students who do not achieve a grade C or above in English and Maths
  • Tackling educational disadvantage through an innovative cradle-to-career school design
  • The Literacy Policy Project
  • Using theory of change to support teacher-led innovation

Our people

Academic staff

PhD students

  • Pauline Brown
  • Louisa Dawes
  • Anna Fitzgibbon
  • Laura Goodfellow
  • Rebecca Grant
  • Jonathan Herbert
  • Victoria Hirst
  • Emilia Howker
  • Elizabeth Mason-Hale
  • Jonathan Tolan