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Understanding youth turnout in GenElec2017: some comments, cautions and caveats

Avril Keating.  Youth turnout in the British general election has once again been the focus of much media attention and social media comment, with some calling this election a “youthquake”. In this blog, I provide some contextual information for these

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, young people

Greater entitlement to free school meals would reduce stigma, shame ­– and hunger

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight.  The Conservative Manifesto proposes to end free school meals for all at key stage 1 and instead offer primary children free breakfast. What impact would this have? For more than a century the

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

How evidence-based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on grammar schools?

Alice Sullivan.  The Conservative manifesto confirms Teresa May’s pledge to reintroduce grammar schools, as part of a drive to turn Britain into ‘The World’s Great Meritocracy’. But does this claim stand up to scrutiny? As has been widely rehearsed in

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Posted in Conservative manifesto, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Schools, Social sciences and social policy

Manchester: betrayal and belonging in a welcoming city

Kathryn Riley.  One of my favourite photographs shows two handsome women, elegantly dressed in black, with mantillas draped over their heads. They’re talking animatedly to a smiling male figure dressed in white. He’s wearing a skull cap. A sense of

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Posted in Leadership and management, Social sciences and social policy

Migration: it will be up to the next generation to change the picture

Kathryn Riley.  There is a photograph called ‘Migrant Mother’. It is an arresting black and white shot. The woman is centre stage and gazes sideways on. She is beyond exhaustion: every line etched in her face tells its own story.

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Posted in International development, Social sciences and social policy
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