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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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Latest Posts

A window into an atypical mind

8th January 2018

  “Now I know that’s not how everybody else experiences things. I’m not thick and I’m not lazy and I’m not slow.” In this fantastic short film Kaiya Stone captures the daily reality of individuals with learning difficulties struggling to make sense of a world in which their perception is…

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What Theresa May Got Wrong About Youth Homelessness

21st December 2017

Yesterday, in response to a question from Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour MP), Theresa May attempted to outline facts on UK homelessness. Whilst her response included truth, it did not outline the whole picture. I found two quotes from May particularly troublesome: “She talks of 2,500 children waking up homeless on Christmas…

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What can schools do to reduce pupils’ prejudice?

18th December 2017

Part one of this blog described how children as young as three display prejudice and presented a series of research findings regarding how children might develop this prejudice. The research challenged my assumptions about children’s prejudice and left me concerned: if children become racially biased so young, partly through observing…

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The geography of social mobility

15th December 2017

Yesterday’s DfE report Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: a plan for improving social mobility through education put a strong emphasis on ‘place’, recognising that how young people ‘get on’ in life cannot easily be separated from the areas in which they grow up. I’ve blogged before, here and here, on the…

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Should teachers have to pass a written test?

14th December 2017

When Will Millard showed me the first draft of our Testing the Water report and I saw his suggestion that teachers should pass a test on their understanding of assessment, I quickly got out the red pen. Another test? What a gimmick? I quickly decided that recommendation wouldn’t make the final…

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When and how do children learn prejudice?

12th December 2017

I was shocked by the level of educational inequality I heard about when researching ‘The underrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in higher education’, for King’s College London. Perhaps the starkest finding though, was the scale and severity of discrimination faced by pupils from these communities in UK schools.…

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