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 Social inequalities – the report card

Heather Joshi and Emla Fitzsimons . In his speech to the 1999 Labour Party conference Tony Blair compared two babies in adjacent beds on a maternity ward, delivered by the same doctors and midwives but with two ‘totally different lives

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

Grammar schools: the rise and fall of ‘evidence-informed policy’?

Geoff Whitty and Emma Wisby.  In her first major foray into domestic policy as Prime Minister, Theresa May has offered us more grammar schools. Not a return to the selective system of education that existed in England prior to the

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy

Social mobility, education and income inequality: an overview in five graphs

  Lee Elliot Major and John Jerrim. The study of education inequality and social mobility increasingly feels like a small world. The British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes for improved educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. President Barack Obama has put

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

Selection at 11 – a very English debate

Chris Husbands Originally posted on SecEd It is a persistent undercurrent in English educational debate, but it is peculiarly English: should academic selection at the age of 11 be restored? Boris Johnson, perhaps in response to perceived UKIP pressure, has declared

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Education policy, eleven-plus

Parents’ fortunes matter for cognitive development of 11-year-olds

Lucinda Platt, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education and Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science Originally posted on The Conversation As they reach the end of primary school, the UK’s children

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, learning, Social sciences and social policy