Commissioned Research

Our partners understand that The MTPT Project community is made up of experts in different fields.  This page features short term research topics and consultancy opportunities from a range of organisations that might provide you with a stimulating project whilst on parental leave, and a future partnership when you return to work.

Use the contact details to contact our partners directly, and remember to tell them that you are a member of The MTPT Project community!

Dauntless Daughters “creates images and stories showing all sorts of women and girls, doing all sorts of bold and amazing things.  From women in STEM, explorers, engineers to skater girls and kickboxers.  The world for our girls and young women has become a one dimensional representation of womanhood, an empty collection of teapots and passive dolls.  If we want our children to embrace STEM careers then we must show them that we believe they can (and should) be involved in those STEM fields.” – Stephanie Green, Dauntless Daughters

Contact Stephanie:; @Dauntless_STEM


What is the impact of visibility and role models on Primary aged children? (under 12s)

Summaries of research articles or original research welcome.

Aim: to add weight to the need for visual representations of a wide range of career and identity options for girls targeted at this age range.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Book Review

Abbie Bold Goes to Mars

Aim: to understand how this book could be used as a classroom resource and develop lesson plans and activities around the key messages and values of the story.

Time Commitment: Flexible, 30 minutes+

Fact Hunting

Where does empowerment fit into the National Curriculum? (EYFS, KS1 and KS2)

Ideas and information on the gaps in resourcing and creative lesson activities from EYFS practitioners and Primary teachers welcome.

Current resources being developed include:

  • Colour sheets for EYFS
  • ABC book for EYFS
  • Phonics reading book and resources for KS1
  • Science book for KS2

Aim: to ensure that Dauntless Daughters resources and lesson plans in development are appropriately tailored to the demands of the national curriculum.

Time Commitment: Flexible, 30 minutes+

Qualitative Research Participant

How can we adapt our CPD offer to suit the needs of classroom teachers and schools?

Dauntless Daughters are planning to deliver CPD workshops focusing on the company’s values and the messages they intend to convey through their illustrations.  These workshops would focus on language and the visual landscape and gender parity in primary schools.

    Aim: to understand more about INSET needs and  support in designing a manifesto for the training sessions.

    Time Commitment: Flexible, 10 minutes+


      The experience of teachers on parental leave and how this is linked to teacher retention, recruitment, gender equality in educational leadership and the gender pay gap is a data void.  At The MTPT Project, we would like to explore these issues further to help make education an equal, inclusive and sustainable career choice.

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      Primary Data Survey

      What percentage of the teacher workforce are on parental leave?

      A five minute survey that can be completed by individuals here.

      OR calling HR Managers or School Leaders to request this information to collect more survey responses.

      Aim: to gather the first set of primary data about this section of the teacher workforce.

      Time Commitment: Flexible, 5 minutes – 1 hour per day

      Qualitative Research

      To what extent does the ‘motherhood penalty’ impact the disparity of women in educational leadership?

      A qualitative research project sourcing and interviewing teachers who have returned to the classroom after becoming parents and the perceived and actual influence of their new status as mothers on their career progression.

      Aim: to understand how to empower more female teachers into leadership positions, and how to support teachers before, during and after maternity leave in order to enable their career aspirations.

      Time Commitment: Flexible, 2-3 months

      Qualitative Research

      To what extent are teachers, specifically mothers, leaving the education system after becoming mothers?

      A qualitative research project sourcing teachers who have left the education system after becoming parents and interviewing them about their reasons for doing so. 

      Aim: to understand whether schools/ the DfE could have implemented measures to keep these teachers in the education system.  To understand the continuing contribution to the education system made by teachers no longer in the classroom.

      Time Commitment: Flexible, 2-3 months

      Qualitative Research

      What is the impact of parental leave CPD on student outcomes?

      A qualitative research project interviewing members of The MTPT Project who have returned to the classroom having completed some form of CPD whilst on parental leave.  Interviewing research participants, collating and analysing results. 

        Aim: to understand more about the value of CPD completed away from the classroom, and the impact on teachers’ – specifically mothers’ – career progression.

        Time Commitment: Flexible, 2-3 months