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Raising EAL learners’ attainment (REAL)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Apply to the University of Reading for a place to study by Monday 20 January 2020.
Apply for SeNSS studentship funding by 12.00pm on Monday 2 March 2020.

This competition is open to UK and EU nationals only, subject to certain conditions (

This project attends to the twin problems of the under-attainment of pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL) and teachers’ under-preparation to teach them. It is a unique collaboration between a collective of schools in Southampton (Aspire Community Trust) and highly-regarded educational researchers at The University of Reading Institute of Education (IoE). The schools have 3,000 pupils who speak over 50 languages. The heart of the project is an evaluation of pupil outcomes related to a specific approach to teaching pupils who have EAL.


1) To evaluate the impact of a research-informed teaching approach on pupils’ English language proficiency and academic attainment.
2) To capture pupils’ responses to changes in their teachers’ practice.


The student will collect and analyse test data on pupils’ proficiency in English, and other school-based academic data. They will also conduct interviews to gauge pupils’ responses to the new teaching approach.

Training opportunities

A comprehensive package of training will be agreed in consultation with the supervisors for the mixed-methods needed. The collaborative supervisor will support the student with understanding schools’ data. Training for PhD students at the IoE includes bespoke-to-education modules supported by Reading’s wider doctoral training programme.

Applicants: essential and/or desirable attributes/skills

The ideal candidate will have a first degree in education, linguistics or psychology, or related subjects (2.1 or above) and/or a Masters in one of these disciplines. They will be enthusiastic about practice-oriented research in schools and confident about researching with both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Studentship details

This studentship may be taken as either a 1+3 year award (a one-year MSc followed by a three-year PhD), or a +3 award (a three-year PhD

• It may be taken full-time or part-time
• The studentship award covers your university fees, and provides you with a stipend of £15,009 per year
• You will also be able to apply for small amounts of additional funding via the SeNSS Research Training Support Grant

How to apply for this studentship

In order to be considered for this SeNSS studentship, you must first apply for a place to study University of Reading, noting that you are applying for the collaborative studentship. Please go to University of Reading, How to apply for a PhD for information on how to make your application -

In the ‘scholarship applied for’ box, please quote reference GS20-002.

You will then need to make a separate application to SeNSS for this collaborative studentship. Please read the SeNSS Collaborative Studentship Application Guidance Notes before completing our online application form. The Guidance Notes are available at the bottom of the following webpage: Applying for a SeNSS collaborative studentship -

Starting date

On or about 1 October 2020.

Enquiries email name and address

For queries relating to the Reading application process, please email
For queries related to the project itself, please email Dr Naomi Flynn ()

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