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Accountability and inequity

Start: Jan 23, 2018 9:30:00 AM
End: Jan 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Accountability systems often aim to address inequity and inequality, but many studies suggest that high stakes systems increase both. This seminar addresses this topic and discusses whether accountability measures, information and incentives create equal opportunities and reduce achievement gaps.

What if… we really wanted evidence-informed practice in the classroom?

Start: Jan 23, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Jan 23, 2018 7:00:00 PM

There’s been a big push to get classroom practice shaped by evidence of ‘what works’. This has been largely inspired by advances in healthcare, where the use of research trials and national guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes is more established.

Capturing contemporary family diversity in longitudinal datasets

Start: Jan 25, 2018 12:30:00 PM
End: Jan 25, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Rebecca Goldman (Fatherhood Institute) and Caroline Bryson (Bryson Purdon Social Research LLP) present longitudinal project findings which aim to improve our data and knowledge about diverse families. 

A magical noun: thinking critically about ‘creativity’

Start: Jan 31, 2018 12:30:00 PM
End: Jan 31, 2018 1:30:00 PM

To think critically about creativity means asking what we talk about when we talk about creativity. This word is a potent signifier but what it signifies is slippery, introducing a problem of meaning rather than a problem of practice.

Higher education admission in Europe in the early 21st century

Start: Feb 1, 2018 12:30:00 PM
End: Feb 1, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The massification of Higher Education (HE) is continuing rapidly in Europe with HE participation having risen from 27% in 2004 to 39% in 2016. This expansion brings with it challenges for HE admission systems.

What if… we really wanted to support schools facing the greatest challenge?

Start: Feb 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Some schools have made a name for themselves in performing ‘against the odds’, their pupils chalking up impressive achievements in national tests and exams. But still there remains a link between schools’ circumstances and their performance, and some glaring geographical disparities.

The role of inter-parental relationships in predicting child outcomes

Start: Feb 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Feb 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The ways parents interact and relate to each other, whether they are together or separated, are associated with elevated risk of a range of negative outcomes for children. Family conflict is also associated with other measures of disadvantage.

Defining further education: does it matter?

Start: Feb 15, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 15, 2018 7:30:00 PM

There is no commonly accepted definition of further education (FE), with the term being used to embrace provision that ranges from foundation learning for adults to higher apprenticeships, as well as academic and vocational education for young people from age 14 onwards.

What if… we wanted all kids to love maths?

Start: Mar 6, 2018 5:45:00 PM
End: Mar 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

We use maths in every aspect of our lives. We need numeracy at work, as citizens to make sense of economic news, as patients to understand risks, as consumers to work out the best deal; the list goes on.

Feminism and the politics of childhood: friends or foes?

Start: Mar 7, 2018 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 7, 2018 8:00:00 PM

This book launch celebrates the release of ‘Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?’ (UCL Press, 2018), edited by Rachel Rosen and Katherine Twamley, both from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Trust and accountability

Start: Apr 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM
End: Apr 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

For many people inspection and accountability are about control that is often based on distrust, looking for errors that need to be corrected. How can regulators build trust in relationships dominated by control?