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Since joining the NFER in 2004, Kerry’s research has focused primarily on vulnerable children and disadvantaged groups. Kerry has undertaken research in the areas of poverty, safeguarding, school exclusion, alternative provision, crime and antisocial behaviour and Special Educational Needs. She recently managed a national study for Department for Education (DfE) evaluating their Summer Schools Programme for Disadvantaged Pupils as part of the Pupil Premium initiative. She also led a study for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner looking at the experiences of parents of vulnerable children going through the secondary school admissions process. Kerry has considerable experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and been involved in large scale, national surveys as well as more in-depth qualitative research. Kerry has particular expertise in engaging ‘hard to reach’ young people and families in the research process.