Research

    Event summary video: Careers 2020 – a cloudy horizon

    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... Read on

    Event summary: rising tuition fees and fair access to HE

    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.... Read on

    University admissions practices and social mobility

    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,... Read on

    Research report: Careers 2020 Phase Two – A cloudy horizon

    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... Read on

    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... Read on

    University admissions practices and social mobility

    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,... Read on

    Academies Commission report ‘Unleashing Greatness’

    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... Read on

    Careers 2020: Options for future careers work in English schools

    New survey data published today finds that the majority (61%) of teachers and lecturers are worried about the careers service being offered to children leaving school. Commissioned by the Pearson Think Tank, the research also found that nearly a third (31%) of teachers were specifically worried about the quality of advice being provided, commonly citing... Read on

    Event summary: Blue Skies debate about the future of higher education

    Higher education in the UK, and beyond, seems to be experiencing a period of unprecedented change. Together, global trends and national policies are generating a debate that is increasingly focussed on the cost of higher education. Tuition fees, research grants and ROI are the issues of the day. It’s time to widen the debate. Nicky... Read on

    Are we running out of teachers?

    To download the report please click here New research commissioned by the Pearson Think Tank finds imminent risks to the supply of good quality teachers in England. It appears higher course fees may be behind a drop in the number of students entering Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in 2012, including in the primary sector –... Read on