Multiplying excellence: maths schools in the UK

In a report published for National Numeracy Day, it was revealed that innumeracy and poor numeracy skills costs the UK economy over £20bn. And despite there being no scientific research to support the idea of a ‘maths person’, more than three-quarters of children at secondary school surveyed ahead of National Numeracy Day believe that some […]

The challenge of engaging with marginalised Traveller, Gypsy and Roma communities

In March 2018, a Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission report found 13 systematic concerns about Traveller accommodation, suggesting that Traveller communities are subject to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality from local authorities and service providers. You do not have to look far to find more research, from across the whole of the […]

Why the digital divide matters for children’s future prospects

By Steven McGinty One of the biggest myths of modern times is that all children and young people are ‘digital natives’. That is, they have developed an understanding of digital technologies as they’ve grown up, rather than as adults. But this view has been heavily contested, with research highlighting that young people are not a […]

Addressing social mobility through education – is it enough?

We looked at the issue of social mobility and education last October, highlighting that although there has been continued investment by successive governments, the rate of progress is slow: “it has been estimated that at the current rate of progress it will take 50 years to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils in England.” […]

Better outcomes for children, parents and society – why ‘family learning matters’

Improving the circumstances of families from deprived backgrounds has been a key policy focus of government in recent years, with large amounts of resources and funding having been allocated to trying to improve families’ outcomes. One approach to achieving this, which can lead to positive outcomes for both adults and children is family learning – […]

Figuring it out: five issues emerging from the Scottish draft budget

The week before Christmas might not seem an ideal time to be mulling over the minutiae of economic forecasts and the implications of tax changes. But on Monday morning, the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) review of last week’s Scottish draft budget attracted a big turnout, and helped make sense of the numbers announced by […]

Who’s caring for our young carers?

In less than two months time the UK will come together to recognise the 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care and support to families and friends, on Young Carers Awareness Day on 25 January. Every day, children and young people provide physical and emotional care and support to their family members. Helping […]

“Shifting into reverse” – the global gender gap

By Heather Cameron “Gender parity is shifting into reverse” – this was the finding of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) most recent annual Global gender gap report, published last month. This is the first time progress, albeit slow, towards gender parity has stalled since the WEF started measuring it in 2006. Widening gap On current […]

Supporting those who serve – but what about the children?

By Heather Cameron The valuable contribution made by the British armed forces is widely recognised and this Remembrance Sunday, thousands will pay an especial tribute to them. In recent years, the government has taken encouraging steps to support Service personnel, particularly those returning to civilian life. However, there is also a need to address the […]

The rhetoric of social mobility continues… yet disadvantaged pupils continue to fall behind

By Heather Cameron Despite continued investment to improve social mobility, it has been estimated that at the current rate of progress it will take 50 years to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils in England. Recent analysis of government data shows the gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers has actually […]