What state is the Scottish education system in?

by Stacey Dingwall On Tuesday, the Scottish Government published new statistics on the country’s education system, contained in the evidence report for the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The report outlines progress made against each of the four priorities set by the Scottish Government in January when it first published the Framework: Improvement in […]

Education Bill scrapped: the local government impact

by Stacey Dingwall This week saw the UK government officially drop plans for the Education Bill it announced during the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. Initially announced by then Chancellor George Osborne during last year’s Autumn Statement, the Bill would have seen all state schools in England removed from local authority control and forced to […]

Why do more girls than boys go on to higher education?

by Stacey Dingwall In February of this year, ministerial guidance was issued to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) on doing more to widen the participation of disadvantaged groups in higher education. This was accompanied by the issuing of new access agreement guidance to universities and colleges which, for the first time, specified that they […]

The myth of the digital native? Young people, education and digital participation in Scotland

Digital participation has been high on Scotland’s political agenda of late. Connectivity featured as a key pledge during the SNP spring conference in March. Meanwhile, both Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter and the UK government digital strategy are looking to engage those people who don’t have access to, or who do not feel confident using, technology. Increasingly, the focus […]

Higher education – widening access or widening inequality?

By Heather Cameron While the government maintains its commitment to widening participation to higher education, newly published government statistics suggest that the gap between private and state pupils is actually widening. Widening gap The statistics show that 85% of school-leavers from English private schools who turned 19 in 2012-13 were in higher education, compared to […]

Brain food: the impact of breakfast on children’s educational attainment

By Stacey Dingwall In the wake of the recession, food poverty and the rising number of foodbanks in the UK have frequently been in the headlines. At the other end of the spectrum, another nutrition-related issue that tends to be picked up on regularly by the media is child obesity. However, in a report released […]

Creative contribution – the value of arts education

By Heather Cameron According to the Creative Industries Council (CIC) it’s “an exciting and pivotal time for the UK’s creative industries”, with recent statistics showing that the sector punches above its weight in terms of the economy, generating £71.4 billion gross value added (GVA) in 2012 – a 9.4 % increase that surpasses the growth […]

Educational outcomes of looked after children briefing

The latest briefing from the Knowledge Exchange focuses on the educational outcomes of looked after children (LAC) in Britain. You can download the briefing for free from the Knowledge Exchange home page. 

A new era in UK Higher Education

‘The UK has witnessed the dawn of a new era in Higher Education’ Dr Tim Vorley University of Sheffield Our colleagues in Grantfinder have produced a white paper called Achieving Higher Education Growth – An Overview of International Competitiveness and Student Recruitment which provides insight into the challenges faced and strategies adopted by the UK Higher Education sector […]

15 minutes to change the world: people-friendly neighbourhoods for a post-lockdown recovery

What kinds of cities do we want to live in? It’s a question that has taken on increased urgency in the past year. But even before the global pandemic, there was growing concern about how to address the challenges facing the world’s cities, especially the threat of climate change. Tackling traffic congestion, reducing air pollution, […]