Professor Reynolds has run undergraduate academic education courses in Cardiff, Exeter and Newcastle Universities and has an international reputation for his work on school effectiveness, school improvement, teacher effectiveness and dyslexia.
He has received research grants to a value of more than £2.5 million and published twenty books, the most recent being Failure Free Education (Routledge, 2010). He has also published more than 200 articles in journals and chapters in books. He founded the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) which now has members in over 60 countries and has edited or been on the editorial boards of six international journals.
He has a particular interest in trying to get research into influencing educational policies, and chaired the Numeracy Task Force, was a member of the Literacy Task Force and was a .2 Adviser at DFES (as was) from 1999 to 2006. He has also been on the boards of both the TDA and BECTA. He is currently Senior Policy Advisor to the Welsh Assembly Government.
He received the CBE for services to education in the 2002 New Year Honours List.