About Us

The Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER) is committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people (CYP) through the power of science

Applied Education Research

The Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER) is committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people (CYP) through the power of science. There is overwhelming evidence that improving social mobility requires a ‘whole system’ approach with fully integrated services – including education, health, and care. For example, many children experience ‘health’ barriers that prevent them reaching their academic potential. CAER seeks to empower educational settings (schools, nurseries, early year providers) to use evidence-based approaches to identify and remove all barriers to learning.

CAER seeks to realise its vision through the creation of a ‘community of practice’ throughout the UK. CAER has demonstrated the strength of partnership working within a District, and has managed to generate learning of National significance. CAER now seeks to work with other Districts to create similar – connected – communities to improve outcomes for CYP, and join forces to tackle inequalities through our educational systems.

Vision

CAER seeks to empower educational settings (schools, nurseries, early year providers) to use evidence-based approaches to identify and remove all barriers to learning.

Mission

CAER seeks to realise its vision through the creation of a ‘community of practice’ throughout the UK.

Bradford: A City of Research

In 2019, the Department for Education’s Bradford Opportunity Area (BOA) partnership board recognised that many barriers to social mobility fell outside the school gates. The Born in Bradford project showed that many children were experiencing difficulties (including but not restricted to health) that were acting as barriers to their education. In response, the BOA established the Centre of Applied Educational Research (CAER), to help schools address the barriers to learning falling on both sides of the Bradford school gates.

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