CAER: Centre for 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, through the work of eight research and development groups. These include autism and neurodiversity, birth to 5 years, and child health in schools amongst others. CAER seeks to realise its vision through the creation of a ‘community of practice’ throughout the UK and has generated learning of national significance.


Sub-theme: Healthy Learning

Currently Underway

Team Contact:

Director - Centre for Applied Education Research


Other projects

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