Steve Strand, University of Oxford

Steve Strand is Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. Previously he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick (2009-2012) and Associate Professor (Reader) in Quantitative Research Methods (2005-2008) at Warwick. Prior to that (1998-2005) he was Senior Assessment Consultant and Head of Research and Data Analysis at nferNelson, the UK’s leading educational test and assessment publisher, and one of the authors of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT). Before that he was Head of Research and Evaluation at Wandsworth Local Education Authority (1990-1998) and Head of Assessment and Evaluation at Croydon LEA (1988-1990) and in these roles was responsible for pioneering work on ‘value added’ analyses of school performance. Steve has worked extensively with Government departments, Local Authorities and individual schools on the analysis of pupil attainment, school effectiveness and differential pupil progress. His research interests are in educational equality (particularly ethnicity, social class, and gender) in a range of educational outcomes (achievement and progress, special education, attendance and exclusion).