Latest Blog Articles
Poverty in Society: What role for schools? - 05/08/2014
Last week, a barnstorming blog by Classroom Truths precipitated a flurry of Twitter debate by questioning the idea that education is a panacea for inequality and injustice. I am devoted to the idea of better education as a cure for myriad evils and so found the blog (and its follow up) a valuable kick in the rear. It prompted me to think more critically about what education...
The underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in higher education: are aspirations to blame? - 31/07/2014
Young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are underrepresented at high status Russell Group universities. Why is this? Data from a major panel study of young people suggests it has little to do with their aspirations to apply to university, their expectations that they will get in if they do apply, or their propensity to seek information, advice and...
Is London's schools success down to Microsoft and mobile phones? - 20/07/2014
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner No one believes me when I say the London schools miracle is down to Microsoft, mobile phones and the tube. But I’m going to try and convince you one more time. This admittedly mad idea first struck while I was reading an interview transcript for our Lessons from London report. A person deeply involved in the turnaround...
Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner: the role of area-level factors in the capital’s success - 19/07/2014
By Dr Sam Baars – LKMco Research Associate Can the remarkable improvement in London’s schools since the turn of the millennium be replicated elsewhere in the country, or was it underpinned by a set of contextual factors that are specific to London, and London alone? This is the question that observers will have in mind as they eagerly chart the progress of the various local...
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