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Secondary education

Our aim is to improve educational outcomes for young people and equip them for life and work. We fund 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


  • Cheryl Lloyd
    Programme Head, Education

  • Director, Education

Our impact in secondary education


Secondary education projects

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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In progress

Education | 2018 – 2020

Does Progress 8 encourage schools to work more equitably?

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The academic trajectory of disadvantaged pupils during Key Stage 3

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

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

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In progress

Education | 2018 – 2020

PISA: Engagement, Attainment and interest in Science (PEAS)

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In progress

Education | 2017 – 2020

Educational attainment of children in need & children in care

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Socio-economic differences in grammar school access & outcomes

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In progress

Education | 2017 – 2019

Secondary school choice and academic attainment

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Reported

Education | 2016 – 2018

Modern Foreign Languages, phonics and reading strategies

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Reported

Education | 2016 – 2017

School choice and equality of opportunity

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Reported

Education | 2016 – 2019

A follow up survey of break and lunch times in schools

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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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