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Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research

CEDAR is an internationally acknowledged research centre undertaking research on a range of educational and psychological issues.

These typically focus on the interface between policy and practice, and include research into new government initiatives across the age range of pre-school to higher education and continuing professional practice.

We also specialise in researching special educational needs and inclusion, disability across the lifespan (especially intellectual disability and autism), and parenting and families research. We emphasise combined methods research undertaken in multi-disciplinary teams, secondary analysis approaches, and intervention evaluation designs including randomised controlled trials.


cedar treeAll enquiries should be made to Diana Smith, Centre Administrator (email Diana dot Smith at warwick dot ac dot uk) or direct to the appropriate member of staff. If you have any comments about our website, email A dot J dot Baker at warwick dot ac dot uk.


  • Registration now open for the ADOS-2 workshop to be held on 6/7 October 2016. Please click here for further details.

  • Geoff Lindsay attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament on 10 July to celebrate the 100,000th person to be trained through the Autism Education Trust’s training programme for teachers and others working with children and young people with autism spectrum disorders. (more)

  • Geoff Lindsay provided evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties on 11 July. [more]
  • An online video of Professor Richard Hastings’ recent talk on the importance of understanding mental
    health problems in children with intellectual disabilities has been made available free by our research partners Cerebra:

Research excellence

Warwick's education research ranked 3rd in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

A Better Start

A research team from the University of Warwick are leading a large, multidisciplinary consortium to evaluate a 10-year study designed to improve the life chances of children 0-3: Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start.