University of Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Studentship: Teaching of Numeracy and Science to children with Intellectual Disability

University of Warwick and Calthorpe Academy

University of Warwick: Collaborative Postgraduate Research Studentships (WCPRS)

The University of Warwick supports a number of PhD scholarships each year in funding partnerships with external organisations. Internationally renowned for its research excellence, Warwick is now inviting applications for a WCPRS award in association with our collaborative partner Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham to commence in October 2016.

The academic department to host the PhD is the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR; Calthrope Academy ( is a special school and our partner in this project. The PhD student will work collaboratively with Calthorpe Academy throughout the duration of the award, and will spend time each week based in the school environment.

3.5 years of full-time PhD funding is available to cover a stipend and home/EU PhD registration fees at Warwick.

PhD content

The plan for the PhD is to carry out research to evaluate in a special school setting numeracy and science teaching interventions for children with intellectual disability, including those with more severe intellectual disability. For the science focus, development/feasibility research is needed including potentially a systematic review of existing research and a survey of current practice. The research will be primarily quantitative in focus including the use of randomised controlled trial designs.


The project will be supervised by Professor Richard Hastings, (CEDAR), Dr Corinna Grindle (CEDAR, and consultant at Calthorpe), and Dr Richard Watkins (GwE, North Wales). Science teachers at Calthorpe and other special schools will also be involved in the project team.

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD, please email a single pdf document to that includes the following: A cover letter (maximum 2 pages) indicating your interest in the PhD and how your experience to date prepares you for this PhD research; a full academic CV; and the postal address, email and telephone number details for two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for PhD study (and who can be contacted in advance of the interviews).

Application deadline: Thursday 16 June 2016, 12 noon

Interviews: Tuesday 5 July 2016 at Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham

Informal inquiries about the research or CEDAR prior to application can be directed to