Senior Researcher / Consultant
Dr Thomas Spielhofer joined the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) in May 2011, having previously worked for the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) for over 10 years. His expertise lies in research on children, schools, young people and families, with a particular focus on young people aged 11 to 19 who are disadvantaged and/or disengaged from education. Otherwise, he has a strong track record of leading research projects relating to lifelong learning, community cohesion and vocational training. Building on this knowledge, he is currently working on the Reduction of Early School Leaving (RESLEA) project on behalf of Menon. This research, funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, seeks to develop an innovative new model of reducing early school leaving in project partner countries and beyond. He is currently also leading a quantitative and qualitative project exploring the impact of three relationship support programmes in the UK, as well as contributing his quantitative skills to an evaluation of a programme jointly funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Mental Health Foundation which seeks to improve the mental health, well-being and resilience of young people aged 16 to 25.