Iram Siraj

Iram is Professor of Child Development and Education, University of Oxford (SRF at Jesus College) and until end 2018 Research Professor at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She is on the Technical Advisory Group for the lead Australian Council for Educational Research group which won the OECD IELS international pilot study (plus NFER England study) as advisor on child measures.

Iram worked as a pre-school, primary and advisory teacher. For the last 30 years as a researcher and academic with the Universities of Warwick, London and Oxford. She gained her doctorate in 1995 from Warwick University. Iram was awarded an OBE for services to ECEC in 2015.

As an ECEC specialist with an international reputation for longitudinal research and policy expertise, she has co-directed a number of influential studies, including the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE, DfE, 1997-2014) and also studied Effective Early Educational Experiences in Australia (E4Kids, Australian Research Council and Victoria and Queensland Governments. 2009-2015). Her recent studies on professional development are cluster randomised controlled trials of evidence-based interventions looking at the impact of evidence-based professional development in 90 centres in New South Wales Fostering Effective Early Learning; Researching Effective Environments for Learning in 70 centres in Victoria; and Using Research tools to Promote Language in the Early Years in 120 schools in England.

Iram’s policy work has included being on the Advisory Group for the Welsh Government advising four ministers; Victorian and South Aus., Governments Education Advisory Groups; specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Children’s Centres. She has provided advice, projects and keynotes to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, OECD, Bernard van Leer and Aga Khan Foundations and provided to governments overseas including Chile, Australia, New Zealand, HK, Singapore, China, Scotland, Norway and Portugal. She is visiting professor at UCL and the universities of Stavanger, Singapore and Wollongong.