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    The experience of homeless university students in London and how institutions can help

The experience of homeless university students in London and how institutions can help

While successive government policies have made university education more accessible to groups that were previously excluded, those same groups are also most likely to experience homelessness. Patrick Mulrenan examines the impact of homelessness on students’ wellbeing and performance, and suggests how universities can intervene.

One of the challenges of policymaking is identifying what the issue is. Say ‘student housing’ and […]

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    The problem with ‘raising aspiration’ strategies: social mobility requires more than personal ambitions

The problem with ‘raising aspiration’ strategies: social mobility requires more than personal ambitions

The perceived lack of aspiration among young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds is used as a convenient explanation for the stagnating levels of social mobility. As a result, the ‘raising of aspirations’ has become the focus of government strategy over the past 20 years. Konstanze Spohrer explains why this has the effect of portraying educational success and opportunity as […]

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    Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: the betrayal of a whole generation?

Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: the betrayal of a whole generation?

Is the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland working? If not, can it be changed? Lindsay Paterson explains the reasons behind the recent disquiet and writes that although it may be a plausible culprit for the decline in students’ performance, the curriculum is so deeply embedded that removing it would cause enormous upheaval. And, since children get only one chance […]

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    On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

Is intelligence determined by genetic factors? Questions such as this are regularly being debated, a recent example having been an article by Toby Young on what schools can be expected to achieve in light of scientific evidence on cognitive ability. Leon Feinstein explains what science actually says, and, most importantly, what it doesn’t say about heritability.

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    Over half of MPs went to comprehensives – but a career in politics is still far from accessible

Over half of MPs went to comprehensives – but a career in politics is still far from accessible

Consecutive governments have failed to properly address educational inequality in the UK. Is there more hope now that the number of comprehensively educated MPs is growing? Rebecca Montacute explains why politics still remains almost exclusive to the most well off, and what policies could help get more state school pupils into politics.

The 2017 House of Commons has been praised […]

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    The politics of language and prejudice: How the New Primary Curriculum for English is outdated

The politics of language and prejudice: How the New Primary Curriculum for English is outdated

Matt Carmichael argues how Conservative policy regarding language tests in English is outdated. The social attitudes which underpin the tests are divisive and dangerous and have the effect of promoting prejudice.

As an English teacher, I thought the 2016 sample SATs paper for end of primary school grammar would make a good revision task for my Sixth Form English Language classes. […]

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    It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades

It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades

The government has challenged the Higher Education sector to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and to raise by 20 per cent the number of undergraduates from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. A report by the Social Market Foundation casts doubt on the achievability of these 2020 goals: we’re on track to do neither. Steve Jones outlines the important […]

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    Growth multiplier: how university expansion increases national income

Growth multiplier: how university expansion increases national income

Looking at universities across 78 countries, Anna Valero and John Van Reenen find that doubling the number of universities in a region increases that region’s income. So if the UK were to add one university to each region, national income would increase by about 0.7 per cent.

In 1900, only 1 in 100 young people in the world were enrolled […]