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IOE academics present at BERA Conference 2017

6 September 2017


Professor Gary McCulloch, Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), gave an address at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2017, as its president for 2017-19.

This year's conference takes place at the University of Sussex in Brighton on 5-7 September, with a number of IOE academics presenting research papers.

Dr Becky Taylor will present a paper that explores the factors deterring schools from mixed attainment grouping practices. Her research finds that schools are rejecting the chance to teach children in 'mixed-ability' classes, despite evidence that the alternative - pupils being put in ability sets or streams - will have a negative effect on at least some of their charges' results.

Professor Dominic Wyse will discuss the findings from his latest research, which looks at the history of written language. His upcoming book 'How Writing Works' gives an analysis of the writing processes of eminent prize-winning fiction and non-fiction authors, and features a longitudinal study of young people's writing.

Mr Birendra Singh will present two papers. The first focuses on academy chains and finds that larger academy chains are recreating local authority-style structures. Mr Singh considers which of the local authority structures are missing and why this is the case.

Mr Singh's second paper is in collaboration with Matthew Davies from Nottingham University and arises from a case study of teaching and learning in science at an Ofsted-rated 'outstanding' academy. It is part of a research project that investigates the changing nature of school science.

Dr Jake Anders will present a paper that explores subject choice at age 14 and whether incentivising specific combinations of subjects can make a difference to university entry. The paper was written with IOE colleagues Dr Morag Henderson, Dr Alice Sullivan, and Ms Vanessa Moulton.

The research examines whether pupils who undertake the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) have different educational outcomes to those who study a specific set of subjects, and explores whether subjects studied from age 14 onwards are relevant in explaining well-documented socio-economic inequality in access to university.

Dr Sandra Leaton-Gray will present a paper based on her recent book written with Andy Phippen from the University of Plymouth. Dr Gray will explore the culture of fear and avoidance of risk that is prevalent among parents and within schools in today's society.

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