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Prof Sue Ellis

Education

Personal statement

Sue Ellis is interested in how to make literacy research, policy development and implementation more effective.  This involves understanding how the local policy environments of schools and local authorities shape, and are shaped by, national frameworks and local authority organisational systems, data use and staff expertise.  

She has a strong commitment to knowledge exchange and to research that directly supports improved literacy outcomes for pupils. The recurring themes in her work concern literacy and equity, policy implementation and teacher development.  She developed the Strathclyde Literacy Clinic as an innovative and cost-efficient way to help student teachers become diagnostic, responsive literacy teachers, able to address children’s socio-cultural and cognitive knowledge.  ( http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofeducation/education_projects/literacy_clinic/)

She is co-author of the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Closing The Attainment Gap In Scottish Education  (http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/education-attainment-scotland-full.pdf) and was the ‘Education Lead’ on the Renfrewshire Poverty Commission, chaired by Sir Harry Burns.  She is a frequent guest on TV and radio current affairs programmes such as Scotland 2015, Scotland Tonight, and You and Yours, commenting on education issues.

Professor Ellis is Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Social Policy, which brings together expertise from across the university and is part of Strathclyde’s International Public Policy Institute. The Centre focuses on three work-streams: Transformative Data; Tackling Social Disadvantage; Changing Welfare States. It promotes cutting-edge, innovative research, hosts high-level policy-focused seminars and conferences and publishes Policy-Briefs and Occasional Papers. (http://www.strath.ac.uk/ippi/)

 Before joining Strathclyde University, Professor Ellis worked in Primary Schools in West Sussex and in the east end of London. 

 


 

Prizes and awards

Article Prize awarded by the Board of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders for the best academic paper: McCartney, E., Boyle, J., Ellis, S., Bannatyne, S., & Turnbull, M. (2011) Indirect language therapy for children with persistent language impairment in mainstream primary schools: outcomes from a cohort intervention. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46 (1), 74-82.
Recipient
2012
2012: Top 10 downloaded paper awarded by the Board of Literacy for the paper: Martlew, J., Ellis, S. Stephen, C and Ellis, J (2010) Teacher and child talk in active learning and whole-class contexts: some implications for children from economically less advantaged home backgrounds. Literacy, 44 (1), 12-19. Wiley Blackwell.
Recipient
2012

more prizes and awards

Publications

Report on the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach : August 2015 – July 2017
Ellis Susan, Anderson Jess, Rowe Adele
(2018)
Literacy, language and wellbeing
Smith Vivienne, Ellis Susan
Wellbeing, Education and Contemporary SchoolingWellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling, (2017)
Generating data, generating knowledge : professional development in the Strathclyde literacy clinic
Ellis Susan
Improving Reading in the 21st CenturyImproving Reading in the 21st Century, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4331-4
The Strathclyde literacy clinic : developing student teacher values, knowledge and identity as inclusive practitioners
Ellis Susan
A Companion to Research in Teacher EducationA Companion to Research in Teacher Education, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4075-7
Assessment, teacher education and the emergence of professional expertise
Ellis Sue, Smith Vivienne
Literacy Vol 51, pp. 84-93, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lit.12115
Widening Access to Higher Education for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds : What Works and Why? [Summary Report]
Sosu Edward M., Smith Lauren N., McKendry Stephanie, Santoro Ninetta, Ellis Sue
(2016)

more publications

Teaching

Sue Ellis teaches language and literacy on the B.Ed and PGDE courses and on the MEd at Strathclyde University.

Professional activities

Educating Sir Tom
Interviewee
29/2/2016
National Improvement Framework
Interviewee
6/1/2016
British Academy Special Awards Committee (2016): Mathematics Anxiety and Bilingualism Awards. (External organisation)
Member
2016
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Member
2016
Winning Scotland Foundation (External organisation)
Chair
2016
BBC News: Teacher numbers going down
Interviewee
9/12/2015

more professional activities

Projects

Data based assessment/pathways to impact & Literacy Champions
Ellis, Susan (Principal Investigator) Greener, Ian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Aug-2018
Training for Classroom assistants
Ellis, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Aug-2018
Diving into writing
Ellis, Susan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Aug-2018
Disciplinary literacies in Secondary School Education
Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator) McAlister, Clare (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Aug-2021
Closing the poverty attainment gap in Scottish Education
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 27-May-2014 - 27-May-2014
Widening Access to Higher Education -Research Dissemination Conference
Sosu, Edward (Principal Investigator) Ellis, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 22-Jun-2016 - 22-Jun-2016

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