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We are an independent Foundation with a mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being.

Supporting our research community to deliver successful projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.
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A quarter of all UK children are overweight or obese when they start school aged 4 or 5.
Increases in minimum wages have raised the earnings of many workers and reduced earnings inequality.
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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Public expenditure planning and control in complex times

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Competitive effects of free schools on student outcomes in neighbouring schools

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

How UK welfare reform affects larger families

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Education | 2020 – 2022

The influence of headteachers on their schools

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Two young girls being taught fractions and decimals, learning from a school workbook together
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Education | 2020 – 2021

Teaching fractions and decimals to children aged 3 to 11

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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2020

Measuring the disadvantage attainment gap in 16-19 education

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Teacher supply, shortages and working conditions in England and Wales

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Two teenage male pupils study a science lesson as part of their post-16 options
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Education | 2019 – 2021

Post-16 pathways: the role of peers, family background and expectations

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Justice | 2019 – 2022

Understanding criminogenic influences on youth offending

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Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Ethnic inequalities in later life

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Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Public expenditure planning and control in complex times

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Two young girls being taught fractions and decimals, learning from a school workbook together
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Education | 2020 – 2021

Teaching fractions and decimals to children aged 3 to 11

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Education | 2020 – 2022

The influence of headteachers on their schools

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Education | 2019 – 2020

A systematic review of early years degrees and employment pathways

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Teacher supply, shortages and working conditions in England and Wales

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Education | 2019 – 2022

Do infants learn new words from educational picture books?

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

How UK welfare reform affects larger families

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Competitive effects of free schools on student outcomes in neighbouring schools

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Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2020

Measuring the disadvantage attainment gap in 16-19 education

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Two teenage male pupils study a science lesson as part of their post-16 options
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Education | 2019 – 2021

Post-16 pathways: the role of peers, family background and expectations

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Education | 2019 – 2020

Education priorities in a forthcoming general election

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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Public expenditure planning and control in complex times

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Competitive effects of free schools on student outcomes in neighbouring schools

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New

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

How UK welfare reform affects larger families

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Teenage-pupil-wearing-woolly-hat-writes-on-whiteboard-The-influence-of-headteachers-on-their-schools-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2022

The influence of headteachers on their schools

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Two young girls being taught fractions and decimals, learning from a school workbook together
New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Teaching fractions and decimals to children aged 3 to 11

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New

Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2020

Measuring the disadvantage attainment gap in 16-19 education

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New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Teacher supply, shortages and working conditions in England and Wales

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Two teenage male pupils study a science lesson as part of their post-16 options
In progress

Education | 2019 – 2021

Post-16 pathways: the role of peers, family background and expectations

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

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Education | 2019 – 2020

Education priorities in a forthcoming general election

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Education | 2019 – 2021

Exploring the impact of curriculum policy on choice, attainment and destinations

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Education | 2019 – 2020

A new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students

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Education | 2018 – 2018

GCSE and A-level results day project

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Interdisciplinary conference on evidence use in policy

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Council tax support schemes’ impact on claimants & local authorities

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Improving survey representation of non-resident parents

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Education | 2018 – 2019

Developing a sustainable intervention for disadvantaged children

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Education | 2017 – 2018

Growing up digital

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Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Addressing the ‘care cases’ crisis: a sector-led review

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Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Vulnerable migrants and well-being: A pilot study

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Justice | 2017 – 2019

Immigration judicial reviews

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Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Benchmarking transparency in government’s use of evidence

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Welfare | 2017 – 2017

General Election 2017

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Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.

We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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