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  • Abstract submission now open for BERA Conference 2017

    18 October 2016

    BERA is please to announce that the abstract submission has now opened for the BERA Conference 2017 to be held at the University of Sussex, 5th-7th September 2017. Submit/Edit an abstract Deadline for submission is: 31st January 2017 Types of submission accepted include: Symposia Innovation Sessions Early Career Researchers Individual Papers Share your research and […]

  • Press Release – Vast differences in take-up of private tuition revealed

    15 September 2016

    Primary school children in London are more than eight times as likely to have received private tuition as their counterparts in Scotland, research being presented to BERA today has revealed. Some 43 per cent of 11-year-olds in the capital receive the out-of-school help with their studies, compared with only five per cent in Scotland. Within […]

  • Press Release – Children “can pass phonics test without extensive phonic knowledge”

    15 September 2016

    The government’s assessment of early reading, taken by hundreds of thousands of five- and six-year-olds in England every year, is not testing what it is supposed to test, research has concluded. The phonics screening check, introduced by the coalition in 2012, is failing to assess the full range of phonic knowledge which the government-designed national […]

  • Press Release – Pupils left puzzled by the term “British values”

    14 September 2016

    The concept of “British values”, as promoted by the government in its anti-terrorism strategy, is leaving many school pupils baffled. And few of them have even heard of the “Prevent” policy, which is meant to stop people becoming terrorists. These are key findings of a survey of 250 ethnic minority pupils in one of England’s […]

  • Press Release – Most teenagers “believe they have a soul”

    14 September 2016

    More than half of secondary school pupils believe that people have souls, a survey has revealed. Almost as many – 45 per cent – say they believe in God while 52 per cent agree with the statement “I believe that life has an ultimate purpose”. Yet the same proportion of pupils who say they believe […]

  • Press Release – British Empire study “prevalent in most schools”

    13 September 2016

    The death of teaching of the British Empire in English schools has been greatly exaggerated. And, contrary to occasional assertions by politicians, children are not being given a negative account of the subject. However, teaching of the topic often stops short of covering the decline of the empire in the twentieth century, and time constraints […]