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Research Interests

Maria's research interests include improving learning in schools, specifically literacy (including language and communication), with a particular focus on those children and young people from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds, and high achievement for all learners. She predominantly uses randomized controlled trials (RCTs), though not exclusively, and is currently running a number of large RCTs in schools. She is also involved in knowledge mobilisation working directly with networks of schools, particularly in Northeast England.

Achievements

Maria is also Visiting Fellow at the School of Education, Durham University, and Visiting Fellow at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University. The key aim of these partnerships is to develop working relationships with educational organisations at all levels to trial and implement evidence informed educational approaches in Englnd and beyond.

Working as part of successful teams in the Northeast of England, Maria has a proven track record in school improvement. For example during the innovative initiative in the Tees Valley area of Northeast England, Maria engaged as Assistant Director of Transforming Tees, working with varied partners in this area of England (including Local Authorities, Teaching Schools, Schools and Academies) with the aim of tackling disadvantage, ensuring young people learn in excellent schools with the best teachers and leaders possible, and are ready for work.

Beyond the UK, partnership working now includes Latin America where Maria is working with a number of academic and not-for-profit organisations. She is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Education, Universidad de Los Andes in Chile, and is engaged with the Department for Education in Chile as they work to improve reading outcomes for children in Primary schools across the country.

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PROJECTS

Student Grouping Study (2019-2022): Education Endowment Foundation

Team: Cockerill, M. (working in partnership with team at UCL)

This is a 'naturalistic experiment' comparing existing grouping practices in 120 Secondary schools rather than implementing a specific programme. The Student Grouping Study will explore the difference in attainment outcomes for pupils taught maths in mixed attainment groups compared to setting.

 

A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of SMART Spaces (2018-2021): Education Endowment Foundation

Team: O'Hare, L., Cockerill, M., Stark, P., & Thurston, A.

This is an efficacy RCT including over 100 schools in England to test of a Science intervention for Secondary school students. There will be two cohorts of children who, if in the intervention group, will receive the Lexia Reading targeted approach in lower primary.

 

A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Lexia Reading (2018-2020): Education Endowment Foundation

Team: Thurston, A., Cockerill, M. & Craig, N. 

This is an efficacy RCT including 50 schools in England to test of a literacy intervention for primary school children. There will be two cohorts of students who, if in the intervention group, will receive the SMART Spaces programme in Secondary school.

 

A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Reciprocal Reading (2017-2018) Funder: Education Endowment Foundation

Team: O'Hare, L., Cockerill, M., Lloyd, K., McConnellogue, S., Stark, P.

This is an efficacy RCT including 100 schools in England to test of a literacy intervention for primary school children. There will be two cohorts of children who, if in the intervention group, will receive either Reciprocal Reading as a whole class approach  in lower primary or as a targeted intervention in upper primary.

 

A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Read Write Inc. Phonics & Fresh Start (2016-2018) Funder: Education Endowment Foundation

Team: Thurston, A., Cockerill, M. & Craig, N. 

This is a large scale cluster RCT of a literacy intervention for primary school children in England. There will be two cohorts of children who, if in the intervention group, will receive either Read Write Inc. Phonics or the catch up intervention Fresh Start. 

 

Peer Tutoring in Secondary Schools (2013-2015) Funder: Education Endowment Foundation

Team: Cockerill, M., Thurston, A. & Craig, N.

Peer Tutoring in Secondary schoools is a large scale randomised controlled trial of the Paired Reading literacy intervention across the Northeast of England. It involves 120 classes in 10 schools who were tested on their reading ability before and after the intervention. 

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Research Output

  • Protocol: An efficacy randomized controlled trial of Reciprocal Reading in high schools

    Cockerill, M., Thurston, A. & Taylor, A., 25 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Educational Research. 97, p. 99-106 8 p.

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    Teachers observing classroom communication: An application of the Communicating Supporting Classroom Observation Tool for children aged 4-7 years

    Law, J., Tulip, J., Stringer, H., Cockerill, M. & Dockrell, J., 01 Oct 2019, In : Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 35, 3, p. 203-220 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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