Secondary education

Our aim is to improve educational outcomes for young people and equip them for life and work. We fund secondary education research and interventions that help to understand the factors affecting educational opportunity and identify how educational disadvantage can be addressed.

Our work in secondary education (ages 12-16) explores the acquisition of skills and capabilities, such as quantitative and digital skills, analytical thinking, transferable skills and social and emotional development.

We also fund research designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and on the factors that affect young people’s decisions at key points in their education, such as pre-16 subject choices.

We want to help address the shortage of teachers through funding research that examines the factors affecting recruitment, retention and professional development.

Educational disadvantage is a theme across all our work – we want to understand the prevalence of different forms of disadvantage faced by children at risk of falling behind in their learning or being locked into trajectories of low achievement.

 

Our team


  • Programme Head, Education

  • Director, Education

Our impact in secondary education


Secondary education projects

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Education | 2020 – 2021

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Education | 2020 – 2022

The effects of COVID-19 on families’ time-use and child development

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2022

Competitive effects of free schools on student outcomes in neighbouring schools

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Education | 2020 – 2022

Comparisons of cognitive skills and educational attainment across the UK

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Education | 2020 – 2022

The influence of headteachers on their schools

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In progress

Education | 2019 – 2021

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

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In progress

Education | 2019 – 2021

‘Intractable’ schools: can an Ofsted judgment prevent sustainable improvement?

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Education | 2018 – 2020

Does Progress 8 encourage schools to work more equitably?

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Education | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The academic trajectory of disadvantaged pupils during Key Stage 3

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Education | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Students who do not achieve a grade C or above in English and Maths

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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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