Helen Aston

Research Director and Head of the Bid Team
h.aston@nfer.ac.uk, +44 (0)1753 637104

Helen directs sponsored work for government, third sector and commercial clients and leads NFER’s bid development team. She current directs several impact and process evaluations on behalf of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). She has worked on a wide variety of reviews, research studies and evaluations within the fields of education and children’s services. Study topics include early intervention, widening participation, increasing the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, systems leadership and the features of high-performing education systems. She has also led the writing team for NFER’s Teacher Voice omnibus surveys. She enjoys supporting others to develop their research capacity and has delivered training on research methods; worked on the Local Authority Research Consortium project; and authored resources to support teachers to conduct their own research and engage with evidence.