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Dr Wayne Harrison

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Lecturer in International Teacher Education

I am a member of the International Teacher Education (ITE) team in the School of Education. My main role is a Module Leader on our very popular PGCE Education IDL. I began my career in education when I completed a BSc (Hons) Secondary Science with QTS at the University of Sunderland between 2002-2005. I then taught secondary science in a range of schools across the North East before becoming a head of science and a teaching and learning coach.

In 2015, I successfully completed an MA in Research Methods in Education at Durham University and went on to receive full ESRC funding for my PhD in Education, completed through the University of Durham in 2020. In the last five years, I have worked as a managing director for an ed-tech company specialising in online peer tutoring and working as an academic tutor at University of Sunderland.

My research focuses on the use of small scale randomised controlled trials and how these can be used to create a prospective cumulative meta-analysis approach to evidence in education. I have a keen interest in research design and I am the co-founder of WhatWorked Education, where I am continuing the work I started for my PhD in developing an evidence base for schools for what works in the classroom.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Teaching and supervision

  • PGCE Education (IDL)
  • Module leader and assistant module leader PGCE Education IDL
  • Module leader for PgCert Education (SCITT)


My doctoral research looked at the development of an innovative methodological approach using the replication small scale randomised controlled trials and aggregating the data into a prospective cumulative meta-analysis (PCM) to create an evidence base for interventions. My MA research focused on testing the effectiveness of online peer tutoring group sizes for mathematics and developing the methodology for the small scale trials for my PhD.
  • Research design 
  • Evidence-based education
  • Small scale randomised controlled trials
  • Online peer tutoring 

Last updated 30 September 2021