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Caroline works on research and evaluation projects covering a variety of themes. Recent work has focused on school improvement and workforce issues, including: national research into the relative influence of school characteristics, strategies and approaches on the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds; a study of teacher pay reform; and an evaluation of the Return to Teaching programme. Caroline has a strong interest in early childhood education, including studies on the influence of season of birth on educational outcomes; transition to key stage 1; children’s centre leadership; and targeting services to help the most needy families. Her work on arts, creative and cultural education includes studies of In Harmony and music education hubs, Creative Partnerships, cultural partnerships, and quality frameworks for the cultural sector. Caroline’s work also encompasses evidence-based practice and schools’ involvement in research.