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‘Evidence-based’ education policy – aspiration or fantasy?

Despite widespread calls for more ‘evidence-based’ education policy, I’m not entirely convinced – either by its possibility or desirability. Given that I work for an organisation that conducts research to help shape education policy, this might seem surprising. However, it’s about time we moved away from New Labour’s “what counts is what works” mantra. Instead, …

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No guarantee of success for well-intentioned mentoring programmes

Despite their widespread popularity, our new research suggests that mentoring programmes are no magic bullet for vulnerable young people. There are hundreds of mentoring programmes across all regions of England. Our new report, “Forging Futures Through Mentoring: A risk worth pursuing?” finds that many focus on vulnerable young people. This includes young people growing up …

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When and how do children learn prejudice?

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. It got me thinking about …

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