Insights and briefings

  • A baseline without basis: The validity and utility of the proposed reception baseline assessment in England

    4 July 2018

    This report sets out the case against the government’s proposal to use a baseline assessment test of pupils in reception to hold schools in England to account for the progress that those pupils have made by the end of key stage 2.   Report authors: Harvey Goldstein, Gemma Moss, Pamela Sammons, Gwen Sinnott and Gordon […]

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  • Making the Case for the Social Sciences – Education

    7 December 2016

    BERA has partnered with the Academy of Social Sciences and Routledge, Taylor & Francis to bring together a wide-ranging collection of impactful research on education that has improved standards of individual attainment and school quality, while also influencing public policy. ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences 12 – Education’ comprises 12 case studies that […]

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  • Free Schools and Disadvantaged Intakes

    24 February 2015

    This study explores the proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged children attending Free Schools. It considers the extent to which Free Schools appear to be taking an equal share of poorer pupils when compared to other nearby schools. The data show that many of the schools substantially underrepresent disadvantaged children. These findings confirm the need for continued […]

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  • Educational Capital and Generational Aspirations amongst British Asians

    11 September 2014

    This study examines intergenerational dynamics amongst British South Asians regarding education and family life. It explores the perspectives of grandparents, parents and young people to establish how family attributes and education are perceived by these groups, and how family values regarding education are transmitted by the first generation and received, adopted, or modified, by the second […]

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  • How local communities influence the demand for Higher Education

    11 September 2014

    It is well known that there are vast differences in the proportion of young people applying for university places from different locations. This ranges from 24% to 79% between local authority areas – the differences are even starker for smaller areas. What is not well understood is which social, economic or academic features of local communities […]

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  • Schooling, Social Cohesion and ‘Britishness’

    11 September 2014

    The study explored the politics of Britishness in a large culturally diverse English secondary school. It examined dominant view that social disharmony is connected with minority groups’ failure to assimilate with mainstream ‘British’ (read White/Anglo) culture. The study challenges narrow and racialised understandings of nationhood and strengthens the warrant for continued critical examination of how the politics […]

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