Universities should be accessible to everyone, with lifelong learning at the heart of their work
This research, which draws on the authors’ experience of creating courses that recruit students without qualifications, offers practical policy solutions that would make universities more accessible and more responsive to a changing economy.
The Government’s Progress 8 school performance measure needs to account for pupil background
Progress 8 is the Department for Education’s (DfE) headline measure of the average academic progress pupils make in each school over secondary schooling.
The measure adjusts pupils’ GCSE results for their end of primary schooling Key Stage 2 test results.
The DfE and Ofsted both rely heavily on Progress 8 to hold schools to account.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: prevention, identification and support need more resources
Up to 17 per cent of UK children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Before this study no UK estimates existed.
Encounter, conversation and interaction: Improving community relations through religious education
Schools and teachers are in a unique position to improve community relations. This briefing calls for policy changes in order to harness these opportunities.
Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Reframing language education for a global future
In a world that is changing with increasing rapidity, is our approach to the study of languages and cultures adequate to the challenges we face?
Enhancing the integration of Pakistani migrant husbands
The integration of Pakistani spousal migrants is a key concern in two recent policy documents: the 2016 Casey Review, and the 2018 Integrated Communities Strategy White Paper.
Comparing Chilean school performance: improving fairness in the classification of schools
In recent years Chile has introduced new school accountability mechanisms. This research examines primary and secondary school performance in context using value-added approaches.
Widening participation in the digital age: can online networks and technologies support underrepresented students in succeeding at university?
Online social networking practices can support the retention and success of more diverse students at university.
The success of ‘naming and shaming’: league tables have a positive impact on performance of schools and hospitals
This research focuses on the impact of league tables on school and hospital performance.
Registering children as British citizens: current laws require overhaul
This research explores how the law on registering children as British citizens operates in reality.
Extending initial teacher education to raise standards and improve teacher retention
This research explores ways of improving initial teacher education to help solve the looming teacher supply “crisis”.
Widening access to university: Step change needed to support talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds
The choice of facilitating* subjects at A-level plays a crucial role in students’ ability to access Russell Group universities.
Active after-school clubs are important for improving children’s physical activity
This briefing highlights the finding that after-school is a key time for children to be physically active. It also identifies training for existing school staff as a potentially cost-effective way of increasing physical activity provision.
Researchers and mathematics teachers must collaborate to overcome barriers to student participation in Higher Education
Collaboration between researchers and mathematics teachers is essential if solutions are to be found for increasing participation in HE.
Bursaries are an important component of widening participation in Higher Education and their funding should be maintained
Bursaries bring far-reaching benefits for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and should be maintained alongside outreach programmes.
Children’s British Citizenship: exposing the barriers to registration
Under current law, children may be recognized as British Citizens even where they fail to meet specific criteria, in recognition of the fundamental importance of children’s welfare. However, in practice, significant barriers to citizenship exist.
Another shake-up of school league tables: how should we measure and hold schools accountable for the progress of their pupils?
The new school progress measures continue to ignore the very large socioeconomic and demographic differences between schools which also drive results.