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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.


  • Geoff Lindsay has published a chapter ‘Multicultural diversity and special educational needs’ further details.

  • Rosie Knight is leaving CEDAR, after two years as a research assistant, to undertake doctoral training at the University of Birmingham to become an educational psychologist further details.

  • Geoff Lindsay has been appointed to the decision-making panel for the independent review following up the outcomes of the Bercow Review 2008 of provision for children with speech and language needs: Bercow – Ten Years On.

  • Stephen Cullen has published an article on Jewish support for Left-wing politics, 'Left turn ahead', in the current number of The Jewish Chronicle:

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.