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Michael Young: fighting for working class students’ access to knowledge

John Morgan.  The Guardian Education section last week published a profile of Michael Young, Professor of the Sociology of Education at UCL. Its author, Peter Wilby, charts what he saw as Young’s dramatic shift from countercultural figure on the educational

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It’s time to ‘open up physics’ if we want to bring in more girls and shift the subject’s declining uptake  

Rebekah Hayes.  Despite numerous campaigns over many years, getting more students to study physics after GCSE remains a huge challenge. The proportion of students in the UK taking physics at A level is noticeably lower than those studying other sciences.

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Improving science participation: Five evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers and funders

Science Capital Team.  To continue with science post-16, young people must achieve certain levels of understanding and attainment. Crucially, they must also feel that science is a good ‘fit’ for them – that science is ‘for me’. Drawing on more

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Posted in Employment and skills, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

‘We’re preparing our army for the last war’: why the academic-vocational divide must fall

IOE Events.  Vocational education suffers from its second class status – variously seen as a ‘consolation prize’ and ‘for other people’s children’. It deserves better – for its own sake and for the sake of social justice, but also, as

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Britain’s endless skills problems: why academics and policy wonks need to communicate

Francis Green.  The OECD and the Institute for Public Policy Research came together this week to launch complementary reports on Britain’s long-term skills problem and what should be done about it. The event unfurled in august surroundings, at the offices

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