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When students’ attainment is mismatched with their university course, life chances are affected

Gill Wyness and Lindsey Macmillan. Higher education has long been thought of as a tool to equalise opportunities, with governments around the world spending billions per year on encouraging disadvantaged students into university through financial aid and other widening participation

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, young people

How much does private schooling raise your pay, and does it make you give more to the community?

Francis Green.  Private schools find themselves in the news lately, more than they usually are. Boris Johnson became the fifth Old Etonian prime minister since the war, and immediately appointed a cabinet in which nearly two-thirds were privately educated, re-affirming

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Posted in Schools, Social sciences and social policy

Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

How well-off and healthy were my parents when I was little? Am I a hard-working high flier, or an advantaged one?

Gabriella Melis and Ingrid Schoon. Our research looked at how inequalities amongst families in the 1970s in England have been passed on onto their offspring when they were adults themselves. We call the parent’s generation G1, and the offspring generation,

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Posted in Research matters, Social sciences and social policy

Fair access: are comprehensive universities the answer?

IOE Events. For our latest debate we moved further down the education pipeline, to higher education. We wanted to look at why the pace of progress in widening access across our universities has felt so slow. We were inspired by

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, IOE debates, young people
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