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#017 – Research round up: aspirations, policy narratives and exclusion interventions

In this episode Anna and Sam explore a selection of the research that’s been hitting our desks in recent weeks. We discuss a major study of young people’s occupational aspirations using visual methods, a discourse analysis of the ways in which policymakers talk about students in higher education, and a systematic review of the effectiveness of different types of exclusion intervention.

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The geography of social mobility

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 strong links between young people’s …

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Schools are not the only front in the battle for equality: Challenge the Impossible

Commenting on our latest Social Mobility Commission Report, Jack Marwood argued that it should come as no surprise that schools aren’t able to reverse all the disadvantage that poverty brings. Does this really surprise anyone? Should we really expect schools to reverse this? Given this, should Ofsted criticise individual schools? — IcingOnTheCake (@Jack_Marwood) February 27, …

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