Completed Research Projects

At Abbot’s Lea School we are very very keen to participate in and contribute to research aimed at improving learning experiences and outcomes for students with Autism. We do that through conducting our own research projects as well as participating in external projects (coming from various universities, institutes and organisations).

Apart from many small-scale research projects we continuously conduct in school to improve our practice, we have recently finished a large project focused on remote education for SEND learners. Read all about it and download the available resources below.


We work in partnership with Higher Education sector to facilitate research projects that we believe are in line with our school development priorities. Some projects we do not share on our website due to ethical guidance for anonymity. We are equally proud of all the projects we joined – some have resulted in much-deserved academic awards, and some were featured on BBC news. Browse our collection of completed (and publically available) external research projects.

If you are developing a research project and would like to contact Abbot's Lea School for participation we ask that you send a formal summary of your research project, ethics committee approval and a risk assessment for your direct work with the students.

DBS will be essential if you were to work directly with the students and we would require a confirmation of your compliance with the safeguarding standards. Communication with the families would come from the school, including information about the project and any publication of its findings.

Please contact Sara Mursic, Head of Autism Research and Development for more information:

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