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Prof Roger Beard
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Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Honorary Emeritus
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Research Summary

Roger Beard is Emeritus Professor of Primary Education and former a Head of the then School of Early Childhood and Primary Education at the Institute of Education. Before taking up this post, Roger was a primary school teacher in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, a lecturer at the University of Northampton (then Nene College) and Reader in Literacy Education at the University of Leeds. He has researched and published extensively on children’s reading and writing, including the Review of Research and other Related Evidence for the National Literacy Strategy. His books include Children’s Writing in the Primary School, Developing Reading 3-13, Developing Writing 3-13 and the highly influential Teaching Literacy: Balancing Perspectives. Roger was also subsequently lead editor of the Sage Handbook of Writing Development, comprising 38 chapters and authors from 12 countries. He has run courses for teachers in many parts of the UK and has spoken at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Norway, the USA, Brazil and Australia. His recent funded projects have included the national evaluation of the Further Literacy Support programme and a follow-up study (both funded by the DfES), an international seminar series on Reconceptualising Writing 5-16: Cross-phase and cross-disciplinary perspectives (funded by the ESRC), a research project on Writing Development at the End of Key Stage 2 (also funded by the ESRC) and a study of Primary Teacher Education in the EU (funded by the European Parliament).

In 2019, Roger was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Literacy Research Association in the USA. This is in recognition of more than 25 years of significant contribution to literacy education. Only a handful of UK academics have received this honour since the Hall of Fame was established in 1973.

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