• 73 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Research Interests

Pre-school skills and reading readiness in children’s response to early literacy instruction



  • 1998-2001: BSc Psychology: 1st Class. University of Warwick
  • 2001-2002: PGCE: University of Bath
  • 2002-2006: Primary school teacher (Years 2, 4 and 5)
  • 2007-2010: PhD. The effects of age and schooling on the development of early literacy. Suprvised by Julia Carroll.
  • 2010-2011: Research fellow (University of Warwick)
  • 2011-2014: Research fellow (Aston University)
  • 2015 - Current: Research fellow in child development and education (Coventry University)


Vision Statement

I am a reading development researcher with a particular interest in the role of pre-school skills and reading readiness in children’s response to early literacy instruction. I have specific expertise in big data analysis (structural equation modelling and multi-level modelling) and dynamic testing techniques (testing children’s potential to learn, rather than their current level). My long-term aim is to study and share the techniques best suited to teaching, assessing, and improving the language and literacy skills of young children.

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 73 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 6 Paper
  • 2 Poster
  • 1 Other report
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Mental Competency

Exploring the dual-foundation model: evidence from British and Czech children

Cunningham, A., Caravolas, M., Siedlova Malkova, G., Shapiro, L. R. & Castles, A., 18 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

only child
Czech Republic
social isolation

Examining profiles of reading difficulties at age 6: phonological versus lexical deficits

Cunningham, A., Burgess, A., Shapiro, L. R., Talcott, J. B. & Witton, C., May 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Press / Media

Steiner schools should adopt modern reading methods

Anna Cunningham


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment