Smith, Phil

Phil Smith
Start date:
October 2014
Research Topic:
A View from a PRU: Daily practices and routines from within a pupil referral unit
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Professor Andrew Pithouse, Dr Mark Connolly
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research is being carried out within a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), a form of Education Other Than School (EOTAS).  I am interested in understanding how staff make sense of their own occupational roles, and what good practice means to them within their daily routines.  My broad research questions focus on the types of occupational identities that exist in PRUs, and how work is carried in order to meet both the policy requirements and the needs of the young people.

I have an interest and experience of using ethnographic methods and participatory methods with young people.

Selected recent publications

Evans, R., Brown, R., Rees, G., and Smith, P.  (2017) Systematic review of educational interventions for looked-after children and young people:  Recommendations for intervention development and evaluation,  British Educational Research Journal, 43(1), 68-94. Can be accessed at: