Professor David Reynolds
Acting Head of Education
School of Education
Telephone: (01792) 602681

Professor David Reynolds CBE FRSA. 

Professor Reynolds was responsible for education programmes in other research intensive world class universities (Southampton, Cardiff, Exeter and Newcastle) and has an international reputation for research in school effectiveness, school improvement, teacher effectiveness and dyslexia.

Professor Reynolds has received research grants to a value of more than £2.5 million and published over twenty books, the most recent being Failure Free Education (Routledge, 2010). He has also published more than 200 articles in journals and chapters in books. David founded, with others, the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) which now has members in over 60 countries and has edited or been on the editorial boards of eight international journals.

David has a particular interest in trying to get research into influencing educational policies, and in England chaired the Numeracy Task Force, was a member of the Literacy Task Force and was a .2 Adviser at DFES (as was) from 1999 to 2006. He has also been on the boards of both the TDA and BECTA.

David was Senior Policy Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government between 2001 and 2014, and subsequently has been on their Task and Finish groups, has conducted further research projects and advised on policy development as a consultant. The course he established at Southampton University has recently gained 3rd place in the recent 2017 University Education courses statistics.


  1. Remembering Sam Stringfield (January 24, 1949 – July 31, 2016). Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR) 22(1), 2-4.
  2. & Creating and Sustaining Secondary Schools Success: Sandfields, Cwmtawe and the Neath Port Talbot High Reliability Schools Reform. Teachers College Record (Yearbook) 118(13), 1-20.
  3. Improving educational systems: evidence from policy, research and practice over two decades. In Holtappels, H. G. Entwicklung und Qualitat des Deutschen Schulsystem – Neuere Empirische Befunde und Entwicklingstendenzen. Munster: Waxman Verlag.
  4. & Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice. London: Sage.
  5. & The Effectiveness of Maths Teaching in Primary Schools: Lessons from England and China. London: Routledge.

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  • The Making of Autism (current)

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