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

2 of 4

Reported

Education | 2017 – 2020

Educational attainment of children in need & children in care

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In progress

Education | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Socio-economic differences in grammar school access & outcomes

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Reported

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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In progress

Education | 2015 – 2019

Data skills in geography

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Reported

Education | 2015 – 2019

Low attainment in mathematics: an investigation of Year 9 students

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

Education | Welfare | 2015 – 2017

Socio-economic status, subject choice at 14, and university access

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Reported

Education | 2015 – 2017

Transitions at age 14

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Reported

Education | 2015 – 2019

Information, expectations and transition to higher education

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Reported

Education | Welfare | 2015 – 2016

Out-of-school-time programmes and GCSE performance

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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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COVID-19 response

Nuffield-funded social scientists are conducting COVID-19 research in real-time, to capture people’s experiences of the social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic.