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Emma Vardy received her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from Coventry University in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Worcester in 2014. Emma is also a qualified Prince2 practitioner. She has worked as a Research Assistant and Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University and a Widening Participation Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire before joining the Research Centre in 2013 as a Research Associate. She is a Chartered Psychologist and the Chair of the British Psychological Society West Midlands Branch. Her research interests are in the area of psychology of education with a specific interest in children’s literacy.

Area of Expertise:

Process Evaluation, Reading for Pleasure, Reading Attitudes and Reading Motivation in adolescents and children.

Research Interests

Process evaluation in the psychology of education field.; Literacy development specifically attitudes to reading, reading motivation and reading for pleasure in primary and secondary school students

Vision Statement

Broadly my research interests focus on exploring the factors that impact on educational achievement and by doing so devise and robustly evaluate strategies that schools can use. Having always had a love of books, underpins my interest in children’s literacy development. Literacy skills are essential, thus it is important to understand children’s attitudes and motivations towards reading to help unlock their potential. My current research is concerned with devising a measure of children’s reading motivation and evaluating interventions that aim to improve reading for pleasure in both primary and secondary school. I am also interested in innovative evaluation methodologies which includes process evaluation. The aim of my research is to conduct robust evaluations and share evidence-based approaches to schools to improve students’ educational experiences.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 114 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Poster
  • 3 Other report
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Commissioned report

Literacy Development: Evidence Review

Breadmore, H., Vardy, E., Cunningham, A., Kwok, R. & Carroll, J., 5 Jul 2019, Education Endowment Foundation. 133 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Early Words Together: Impact on Families and Children

Wood, C., Vardy, E. & Tarczynski-Bowles, L., Mar 2015, National Literacy Trust. 42 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
school readiness

Activities 2010 2017

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Conference 2017

Emma Vardy (Invited Speaker)
26 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

British Psychological Society's West Midlands Branch Psychologist in the Pub Event

Emma Jackson (Speaker)
4 Apr 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Psychological Society’s Psychology in Education Section Annual Conference

Emma Jackson (Speaker)
11 Nov 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

The Higher Education Academy Conference: What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?

Emma Jackson (Speaker)
2 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Annual Conference, British Psychological Society's Psychology of Education Section

Emma Jackson (Speaker)
11 Nov 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference