Emma Seith

The 15-year study giving a generation of pupils a voice

So much education research is based on short-term evidence that it’s rare to get a full understanding of how a generation of children has fared during their entire schooling. Emma Seith hears how one pioneering scheme in Scotland has been following a cohort of pupils since 2005 – and is now giving them a voice on everything from Covid to shrinking subject choice

The 15-year study giving a generation of pupils a voice

One of the major gripes with education research is that it tends to be short term and small in scale. This makes the results less reliable and means it is difficult to say with any certainty what works when it comes to improving pupils’ outcomes.

An example: instinctively, most teachers will tell you that reducing class sizes makes a difference – attend any teaching union conference and this issue will likely be on the agenda. But the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Teaching and Learning Toolkit – which aims to summarise the bang you get for your buck from interventions in education – ...

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