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By Meena Parameshwaran

Meena Parameshwaran is a Research Associate at LKMco. She is a sociologist with research interests in educational inequality, social class, ethnicity, and compositional effects. She is a quantitative researcher and has published work on identity, diversity and social cohesion. Meena has worked as a researcher at The Runnymede Trust and Teach First, and has held academic positions at the universities of Manchester and Oxford. She is a qualified secondary maths teacher, school governor and student mentor, and is a researcher at the FFT Education Datalab. Meena holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oxford.

Birds of a feather cluster together: The “Why Teach?” teacher types

One of the most exciting things about the “Why Teach?” project that we are publishing today in association with Pearson, is the sheer breadth and depth of the data collected. With over 1,000 respondents answering almost 100 questions on their motivations for teaching, it’s one of the most comprehensive and contemporary sources of information on teachers …

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Have academic standards really stagnated?

In his recent blog post, Sam Freedman asks why, if pupils have become more sensible and happier, we haven’t seen “a commensurate, observable, rise in academic standards?” As Sam points out, it’s a question we need data and measures to answer. In this blog I ask what information we have available and whether it really …

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