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Great Mistakes in Education Policy: And how to avoid them in the future

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In their book, ‘Great Mistakes in Education Policy – And how to avoid them in the future’, Ruth Lupton (University of Manchester) and Debra Hayes (University of Sydney) argue that despite decades of repeated political claims that education policies will achieve greater equality of opportunity and greater social mobility, evidence is mounting that schooling systems in both England and Australia have become increasingly unfair in terms of access, opportunities, experiences and outcomes.

The authors throw down joint challenges to their educational researcher colleagues and policy makers to build a new consensus for real positive change by setting aside prejudices and longstanding antagonisms and build a common ground through shared collective aspirations for children’s and young people’s wellbeing and success.

The webinar provides a forum for educational researchers to debate strategies for influencing educational policy change in the post-pandemic context. The authors invite debate about their own strategy of dismantling oppositional critique and replacing it with an interdisciplinary synthesis of evidence aimed at speaking directly to policy makers and a general audience.

A panel of respected peers from England and Australia will assess the merits of this strategy and its potential to contribute to policy change, and stimulate discussion of other ways in which educational research could be brought more fully to bear in influencing policy decisions.

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Nicole Mockler, Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Education at University of Sydney

Dr Nicole Mockler is Associate Professor of Education, based at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research and writing primarily focuses on education policy and politics, particularly as they frame...


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Ruth Lupton, Professor

Honorary Professor at N/A

Ruth Lupton is an honorary professor of education at the University of Manchester. She researches educational inequalities, policy and the role of place.

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Debra Hayes, Professor

Professor of Education & Social Work at University of Sydney

Debra Hayes investigates the inequitable effects of schooling. She is committed to better and fairer education for all young people. Her co-authored books describe pedagogical, leadership and schooling practices that contribute to young...


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Barbara Comber, Professor

Research Professor at University of South Australia

Barbara Comber is a Research Professor in the School of Education. Barbara has collaborated on and conducted a number of competitively funded research projects concerned with literacy development, teaching and socioeconomic disadvantage. She has...

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Sol Gamsu, Dr

Assistant Professor at Durham University

I am a sociologist and a geographer of education with a strong commitment to the politics of education and envisaging alternative futures for education and society more broadly. My interests lie at the intersection of sociology, geography and...

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Gemma Moss, Professor

Professor of Literacy at U C L Insitute of Education

Gemma Moss is Professor of Literacy at UCL Institute of Education. She has been appointed Director of the ESRC Education Research Programme (2021-26). She is interested in the shifting relationships between policymakers, practitioners and...

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Sam Sellar, Dr

Dean of Research (Education Futures) and Professor of Education Policy at University of South Australia

Sam Sellar is Dean of Research (Education Futures) and Professor of Education Policy at the University of South Australia. Sam’s research focuses on education policy, large-scale assessments and the datafication of education. He is currently...

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Rowena Passy, Dr

Emeritus Research Fellow at Plymouth University

Rowena Passy is a senior research fellow at the Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth. She spent most of her life with horses until discovering academia, and now enjoys combining her love of outdoor activities and pursuits with...

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Sarah Younie, Professor

Professor in Education Innovation at De Montfort University

Sarah Younie is a principal lecturer in Education at De Montfort University and a visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire. She has been involved in international research on educational technologies and teaching for twenty...

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