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We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it … Read More

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Most classroom teachers lack confidence assessing their pupils

30th November 2017

New report calls for better accountability measures, more support for teachers, and greater understanding of assessment across education sector. Government, schools and assessment bodies must do more to put assessment at the heart of great teaching. Report analyses assessment systems across the world and features contributions from world-leading experts. All trainee…

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School Residentials: enrichment and inequality

29th September 2017

We all know that education in England is riddled with inequality. The statistics are out there, painted in stark figures and depressing graphs. But can educational inequality really be reduced to 27.6 percentage point gap in A*-C in English and Maths? Unfortunately, it often has to be, because measuring and…

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What role does education play in youth homelessness?

14th September 2017

We are thrilled today to launch one of our most important reports yet, looking at how youth homelessness and education interact, and different ways in which the education system can support young people at risk of becoming – or who are – homeless. Yesterday the National Audit Office painted a…

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From Ivory Tower to Parliament, and back again? : A review of key insights on academic-policy engagement from the LSE Impact Blog

12th April 2018

The questions of: should academics seek to shape policy with their research? If so, how? – have been intensely debated. While not all research is suited to this type of engagement, in the context of social scientific research and UK policy-making, academic-policy engagement is often desirable to both sides: policy…

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Three key messages from EPI’s cost benefit analysis of apprenticeships

6th April 2018

  Apprentices in England should be supported to train longer, train earlier, and train better. Three things I learnt from EPI’s latest report on Apprenticeships. Why the report matters I have a bit of a vested interest in apprenticeships. In 2010, working at the Department for Education, I had a…

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Period poverty: do DfE statistics speak for themselves?

3rd April 2018

The Department for Education’s recent report presents school absence statistics to investigate whether “disadvantaged girls are not attending school due to not being able to afford” menstruation products. However, we must avoid downplaying the reality of period poverty like the Department’s report appears to. DfE absence statistics don’t tell the whole…

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Discussing young people’s mental health: Schools’ Week highlights our roundtable

24th March 2018

We recently worked with Minds Ahead to host a much-needed roundtable in Parliament to discuss the gaps in mental health support for young people. Schools’ Week’s recent report draws attention to sector experts’ comments about a lack of sufficient professional expertise in regards to young people’s mental health, meaning that…

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Reducing School Exclusions: Schools Week highlights our recommendations

21st March 2018

Our recent submission to Parliament’s Education Select Committee’s enquiry on school exclusions was highlighted in Schools Week. Vulnerable pupils can be difficult to support in mainstream schools and too often schools feel they have little alternative but to exclude them, particularly at times when waiting lists for mental health referrals…

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School Funding: It’s all fine guv. Honest.

18th March 2018

I’ve never really written much about school funding and cuts, largely because it’s not something I know a huge amount about. However it’s increasingly clear to most people in the education sector that funding is not an issue that can be shied away from any longer. Unless you’re the government… A…

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