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Matt Varley

Deputy Director - Nottingham Institute of Education

Institute of Education


Matt is the Management Lead and a Principal Lecturer at the Nottingham Institute of Education, one of the country's foremost providers of initial teacher training, and a recognised centre for the study of education and childhood. He has taught on a number of courses, including our BA Education and Joint Honours Education, and continues to supervise a number of MA students. He is keen to continue to deepen our collaborative partnerships with trusts, schools, colleges and other settings, as we work together to develop professionals, reduce inequality, and expand our knowledge through research.

Career overview

After completing an MA in Applied Social Research, Matt worked for over ten years within two Local Education Authorities, leading on statistical analysis, policy, planning and performance. He was subsequently Director of Impact, Evaluation and Performance at the National College for School Leadership (subsequently, the National College for Teaching and Leadership), where his responsibilities included commissioning evaluations, diversifying school leadership and analysing the labour market. He joined NTU in 2013 as Head of Education Partnerships before becoming the Management Lead within our Institute.

Research areas

Matt's research interests include the teacher and school leader labour markets, the status of teaching, and school partnerships within the changing structure of the school and college sector.

External activity

Matt is chair of the Management Forum of the University Council for the Education of Teachers, and a member of its Executive Committee. He has been a school governor for over eight years.


GREANY, T., GU, Q., HANDSCOMB, G., VARLEY, M., MANNERS, P. and DUNCAN, S., (2014) School-university partnerships: fulfilling the potential National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

GU, Q., REA, S., SMETHEM, L., DUNFORD, J., VARLEY, M., SAMMONS, P., PARISH, N., ARMSTRONG, P. and POWELL, L., (2016) Teaching schools evaluation: Final Report Department for Education.

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