Anneka Dawson

BA, MRes, DPhil

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Head of IES Trials Unit and Pre-16 Education

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Anneka joined IES in 2018 as a principal research fellow. She has over 10 years’ experience in education and family research. She has worked across applied research, research operations (including school recruitment to projects and survey management) and as a research funder commissioning and managing more than 30 projects at a time.

She leads the Institute's work on pre-16 education and she is an experienced project manager, having led teams from across reputable institutions working in education research. Anneka is also a consultant and peer reviewer for the Education Endowment Foundation and a peer reviewer for the journal Educational Research. 

Her key research interests include 'what works' in education, early years education, parental engagement with education, STEM education (including opportunities for girls) and family relationships.


2011 University of Sussex DPhil Psychology
2007 University of Sussex MRes Psychological Research Methods
2005 University of Sussex BA (hons) Social Psychology with Sociology


2016-2018 Senior Evaluation Manager, Education Endowment Foundation
2012-2016 Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research
2011 Research Assistant, University of Sussex 
2008-2011 Associate Tutor, University of Sussex
2009 Research Intern, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Coaching Early Conversation Interaction and Language: An implementation and process evaluation of two speech and language therapy programmes in early years settings, Dawson A, Huxely C, European Early Childhood Education Research Association, September 2021