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Event summary video: Careers 2020 – a cloudy horizon

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Back in September we launched the final Careers 2020 report, an independent research programme into careers support in English schools. This report compares how careers activity in English schools has actually changed on the ground over the last two years, and offers recommendations for improvement. The report is here and a video of the event…

New data published on enterprise and entrepreneurship education

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Our extensive research with educators and employers reveals ten new insights about what activities are being delivered and the impact that they have. You can also explore our published data yourself to see what you can discover. 1. In terms of how it’s delivered, enterprise and entrepreneurship education is embedded across the curriculum in a…

Education Innovation Nation blog #4 – ESIP: Helping East London girls reach their potential

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I first came across Dr Simon Davey through the work he did with Magic Breakfast, a charity supported (and hosted) by Pearson. We had a geeky conversation about education evaluation, I told him about my side project Work&Teach, and he explained that his main project was something called ESIP, the Emerging Scholars Intervention Programme. Since…

Event summary: rising tuition fees and fair access to HE

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Back in July we launched the Fair Access to HE report by The Strategic Society Centre, supported by Universities UK, Pearson College and the Pearson Think Tank. Apologies for the delay getting this out, we had some ‘technical difficulties’ – sigh. The report is here, the event presentation here and a summary video is below….

University admissions practices and social mobility

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Research has consistently shown that higher education (HE) facilitates access to skilled job opportunities and confers economic and social benefits to both countries and individuals (OECD, 2013), including increased social mobility. There is also growing evidence that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can outperform their student peers on graduation, despite having lower qualifications on entry. Thus,…

Research report: Careers 2020 Phase Two – A cloudy horizon

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In order to make progress in their lives and contribute to society, all young people need the right skills, knowledge and aptitudes – underpinned by the ability to make appropriate learning, work and life choices. Given a challenging global and national context to achieving these outcomes, and the ambitious agenda of change pursued by the…

Report launch event – Careers 2020 Phase Two: A cloudy horizon

To make progress in their lives and contribute to society, all young people need the right skills, knowledge and aptitudes, underpinned by the ability to make appropriate learning, work and life choices. Given a challenging context to achieving these outcomes, and the ambitious agenda of change pursued by the government, it is understandable that there…

University admissions practices and social mobility

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Research has consistently shown that higher education (HE) facilitates access to skilled job opportunities and confers economic and social benefits to both countries and individuals (OECD, 2013), including increased social mobility. There is also growing evidence that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can outperform their student peers on graduation, despite having lower qualifications on entry. Thus,…

David Willetts to give keynote at launch of Access For All research

Ensuring all young people feel able to go to university has become even more important since the rise in tuition fees. This new analysis, carried out by the Strategic Society Centre and supported by the Pearson Think Tank, Pearson College and UUK, explores their financial concerns, which groups are more vulnerable and what policies might…

Academies Commission report ‘Unleashing Greatness’

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Set up by the Pearson Think Tank and the RSA to examine the long term impact of academisation on educational outcomes, the Academy Commission’s report, Unleashing Greatness, argues that the Government must apply a more systematic approach towards implementing the next phase of the academies programme as well as a forensic focus on teaching quality…