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 01 July - 31 August 2014

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14 February - 23 April 2014

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Book Published

Maria Tsouroufli is a co-editor of Creating Citizenship Communities to be published in July.  Davies, I., Hampden Thompson, G., Calhoun, J., Bramley, G., Tsouroufli, M., Sundaram, V. Lord P. and Jeffes, J. Creating citizenship communities: teaching and learning to help young people play a full and active part in society, Palgrave, 2014.
Maria is also co-author of one of the chapters: Sundaram, V. Tsouroufli, M. ‘Young people’s understandings of communities in English schools: Fieldwork findings’:  in Davies, I. et al. (Eds.) Creating Citizenship Communities: teaching and learning to help young people play a full and active part in society, Palgrave, 2014.

PhD Submitted

Congratulations to Nathan Fretwell who has submitted his PhD in Philosophy to the University of Essex.  The thesis is titled: ‘The Postanarchist Moment: Critical Reflections on the Encounter between Anarchism and Poststructuralism’.

Professor Jayne Osgood Inaugural Lecture

Professor Jayne Osgood's inaugural lecture took place on Thursday 20th March to a packed audience.  The lecture looked at: '(Re)-Assembling Transformations of Class & Gender: Respectable Becomings through/ within Early Childhood Education'. Jayne was introduced by FSSH Faculty Dean Professor John Gabriel.  For slides and photos of the event, please see our facebook page or website.

Winston Churchill Fellowship

Congratulations to Carl Smith who has been awarded a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellowship. The project entitled “Experience (Re)Design Tools to Improve Social and Cultural Skills’ has been chosen under the Science, Technology and Innovation strand. The core problem that Carl will address is how to (re)design a workable balance between digital and analogue modes of interaction. The younger generations who are growing up almost exclusively in the digital world are largely not being exposed to essential analogue social and communication skills. Without thoughtful design, digital interventions are simply distracting people from meaningful engagement with the cultural objects and social situations that they are actually designed to augment. Carl will be based at Keio University working with Professor Masahiko Inami who is an expert on amongst other things hybrid reality, digital transparency and X-Ray vision. Many thanks to Adrian David Cheok for the mentoring and Cristina Miranda de Almeida and Rosemary Jane Stott for being the referees.  More information: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/ http://www.kmd.keio.ac.jp/en/experience/faculty/inami.html

Book Chapter Published

Alistair Ross has had a book chapter published: 'Intersecting Identities: Young People's Constructions of Identity in South-East Europe' in Kalwant Bhopal and Uvanney Maylor (eds) (2014) Educational Inequalities: Difference and Diversity in Schools and Higher Education. London: Routledge, pp 247-274.

Strategic Experts Group

Carl has been invited to a strategic experts group on behalf of the HoTEL project - a horizontal support action for the European Commission. HoTEL (HOlistic approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) is a Support action of the 7th Framework Programme which aims to design, develop and test a new Innovation Support Model (ISM) for the field of TEL research. This is intended to improve the innovation uptake capacity of the European TEL sector and make innovation mainstreaming and adoption faster and smoother among users' communities.  Carl will discuss recent developments in technology areas that can affect the way we are organizing, delivering and managing learning and education in the future. In addition Carl will explore how emerging/disruptive technologies can be mapped to learning theories and new learning practices in order to come up with a set of ideas to make the HoTEL ISM more useful and fitting for practice. The results will be submitted to the European Commission. More information: http://hotel-project.eu/

British Sociological Association Conference

Emmy Papanastasiou (IPSE PhD Student) is presenting a paper at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, titled "Constructing Change: Women in Educational Leadership in Greece". The Conference will be held at the University of Leeds, 23-25th April 2014.

IPSE Dialogues: Seminar 2: Space for Creativity in the Curriculum

This second seminar in the IPSE Dialogues Series took place on 3rd March 2014 and focused on ‘Creativity in the Curriculum’.  The seminar included presentations from Andrew McCallum (English and Media Centre): ‘Who gets to be creative in the class?’ and Dr Douglas Lonie (Youth Music): ‘Cultural hegemony and music education-'valid' musicality inside and outside the classroom’.  With a panel response from Joe Hallgarten (Royal Society of Arts), Sam Cairns (Cultural Learning Alliance) and Dr Anna Hickey-Moody (Goldsmiths).

To see videos from the event, please click below:

Report Published

Patrick Turner (IPSE associate) recently completed an EU funded research report on stereotyping in UK popular culture of ethnic minority and migrant groups: ‘Representations of Ethnic Minority Groups and Migrants in UK Rap Videos 1993 – 2013 (2014)’. The link for the report, which is on The Migrant Resource Centre website, is: http://www.migrantsresourcecentre.org.uk/home-page/publications/

Kaleidoscopic identities: Young people constructing themselves in the New Europe

The final lecture in the Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Border Crossings, Moving Borders by Prof Alistair Ross will bring together findings from the fifteen countries in this study – all the countries that have joined the European Union between 2004 and 2013, and the Candidate Countries of Turkey, Iceland and Macedonia.  How do young people in these countries see themselves and their relationship to their country and to Europe?

The study has involved 150 focus groups, with nearly a thousand young people between 11 and 19.  This lecture suggests that identities are being constructed as though using a kaleidoscope: the same elements are thrown into different patterns depending on the nature of the lens, the cultural filters, and the angles of the contrasts and comparisons that are being contingently employed.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 3rd June at 5.30pm in Room TM1-44, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB.

To book your place, please click here: Jean Monnet Lecture Series

Book Chapters Published

Osgood, J. (2014). 'Reconfiguring Play: material feminist possibilities to reimagine gender in early childhood', in Moyles (Ed). Excellence of Play. Open University Press.

Osgood, J. (2014). ‘Playing with Gender: making space for post-human childhood(s)’ in Moyles, Payler, Georgeson (Eds) Early Years Foundations: Critical Issues. (2nd Edition) Chapter 17.

Research Student Seminars 2013-14

The next Research Student Seminar will take place on Monday 19th May, 5-7pm in Room GCG-09.


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18 December 2013 - 13 February 2014

IPSE News 284.pdf

Professor Jayne Osgood Inaugural Lecture

Thursday 20th March, 6pm, Room GC1-08

To book your place, please go to:

osgoodlecture.eventbrite.co.uk

DfE Report Published

 
The DfE research report conducted by IPSE, in collaboration with TNS-BMRB, on ‘School-level strategies to raise aspirations to higher education’ has now been published – please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-level-strategies-to-raise-aspirations-to-higher-education The IPSE team, consisting of Carole Leathwood, Sumi Hollingworth and Ayo Mansaray, led and conducted the qualitative aspect of this research, which included case studies of ten schools and colleges to identify best practice in encouraging high achieving disadvantaged students to consider higher education.

Merryn on BBC News Wales

Merryn Hutchings appeared on BBC Wales Today on Monday 10th February. She was talking about IPSE's evaluation of City Challenge, a highly successful government funded school improvement programme.  The Welsh Government had just announced Schools Challenge Cymru – a £20 million a year package of support to boost the performance of up to 40 of Wales’ underperforming secondary schools; this will draw on the experiences of the London and Greater Manchester Challenges.  Click here for BBC news link

IPSE DIALOGUES

Space for Creativity in the Curriculum

Monday 3rd March, 4 - 6.30pm, Room GC1-08

This second seminar in the IPSE Dialogues Series focuses on ‘Creativity in the Curriculum’. This seminar will include presentations from Andrew McCallum (English and Media Centre): ‘Who gets to be creative in the class?’
and Dr Douglas Lonie (Youth Music): ‘Cultural hegemony and music education-'valid' musicality inside and outside the classroom’.
The position papers invite brief responses from a panel of key stakeholders who will respond to the position papers and debate the emerging issues.  Organisations including the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), Arts Council and the Cultural Learning Alliance have been invited. The floor will then be opened up to offer an inclusive and wide ranging debate.

To book your place, click below:

Leading and Managing Research Excellence

Carole Leathwood was invited to lead a session for the ‘Leading and Managing Research Excellence’ development programme run jointly by Teesside University and the University of Sunderland in January. The session, aimed at readers and professors, was on ‘Leadership in the current policy environment’ and included presentations and discussion on both ‘Trends in current research policy’ and ‘Leading diverse teams’. Feedback from the event was very positive.

Paper Presentation and Workshop Event on the Higher Education Market

Carole Leathwood presented a paper at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Conference in December on ‘In/citing Affect in the Global Higher Education Market: The Emotionality of Research Policy Texts’. Carole also convened a seminar at the conference for the Higher Education Policy Network on ‘Marketising Higher Education: The Rise of the Private University’.  For a summary paper and speaker presentation slides, go to:
http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/details.asp?EID=106 and scroll down to the Research Directions Seminar files.

Keynote at London Education Conference

On Saturday 8 February Merryn Hutchings was one of the keynote speakers at the London Education Conference, organised by the NUT, NAHT, National Governors' Association and PTA-UK (Parent Teacher Associations). The conference aimed to examine how the London Challenge helped to raise standards of education in the capital. It drew on the international evidence around school improvement and shared best practice to build on the success of London schools. Merryn's keynote focused on the legacy of the London Challenge.

Other keynote speakers were Professor Tim Brighouse, London’s first Schools Commissioner, who was largely responsible for the shape the London Challenge took, and Professor Peter Mortimore, who talked about what England could learn from the education systems in the Nordic countries.

‘Parent Power’ Report Published

The report ‘Parent Power: Using money and information to boost children’s chances of educational success’ written by Professor Merryn Hutchings and Professor Becky Francis has been published by the Sutton Trust.  The survey findings demonstrate the way more affluent parents are able to buy better education for their children.
The research found a much bigger gap between different social classes in the extent to which they employed strategies that cost money, including moving home or hiring a private tutor, to help their children.
A minority of parents also admitted to cheating the system:
•    2% of parents admitted to buying a second home and using that address so that their children could gain access to a specific school, including 5% of the upper middle classes
•    3% admitted using a relative’s address for that purpose, including 6% of the upper middle classes
•    6% admitted attending a church service so their child could go to a church school, including 10% in the upper middle classes

To download the report, please see: http://www.suttontrust.com/our-work/research/item/parent-power/
  

Jean Monnet Lectures

Macedonian Young People: Constructing Identities in a Contested Country

Jean Monnet Lecture Series: 'Young people's constructions of identity in Slovenia'.

The penultimate lecture in the Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Border Crossings, Moving Borders by Prof Alistair Ross will focus on Macedonia and how its young people construct identities.  Macedonia is a Candidate country to join the European Union, but the name and integrity of the country are disputed by some of its neighbours, and the country is divided between those of Macedonian and Albanian origin. How do young people see themselves as Macedonians, and how do they see themselves as European?  Based on eleven focus groups with 12 to 18 year olds at various locations in Macedonia, this lecture explores the natures of identities in an area of rivalries.     
The lecture will take place on Tuesday 25 March at 5.30pm in Room GCG-08, London Metropolitan University.

Kaleidoscopic identities: Young people constructing themselves in the New Europe

The final lecture in the Jean Monnet Lecture Series: Border Crossings, Moving Borders by Prof Alistair Ross will bring together findings from the fifteen countries in this study – all the countries that have joined the European Union between 2004 and 2013, and the Candidate Countries of Turkey, Iceland and Macedonia.  How do young people in these countries see themselves and their relationship to their country and to Europe?
The study has involved 150 focus groups, with nearly a thousand young people between 11 and 19.  This lecture suggests that identities are being constructed as though using a kaleidoscope: the same elements are thrown into different patterns depending on the nature of the lens, the cultural filters, and the angles of the contrasts and comparisons that are being contingently employed.  The lecture will take place on Tuesday 3rd June at 5.30pm in Room TM1-44, London Metropolitan University.
To book your place, please click here: Jean Monnet Lecture Series

Doctor of Education Open Evening

Monday 10th March, 4.30-7pm, Room TG-03

To book your place, click below:

Become a Doctor of Education Open Evening

Paper Accepted

Maria Tsouroufli has had a paper accepted: Tsouroufli, M. Davies, I. Hampden-Thompson, G. Sundaram, V., Lord, P. Jeffes, J. , ‘Diversity, difference and communities in secondary schools in England’,  Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations,  2014 (in press).

Conference Papers Accepted

Maria has had two conference papers accepted:

Tsouroufli, M. ‘Shattered feminist dreams, fantasy needs and tantalising encounters: Feminist academics and women managers in the Corporate University’, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) conference: ‘Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships, Bristol, 13thSeptember 2014.

Tsouroufli, M. ‘‘Negotiating gendered identities and professionalisms in academic medicine and business studies in Greece’, Gender, Work and Organisation conference, June, 2014.

Research Student Seminars 2013-14

The next seminar in the IPSE/FAIR Research Student Seminars series will take place on 24th February 2014.
The seminars are intended to be an informal, non-threatening platform where research students can listen to two presentations about various aspects of doing doctoral research. The presentations are intended to allow students the space to reflect upon different aspects and stages of doing doctoral research and to develop their ideas through sharing them.
Day / time: Mondays, 5-7pm.
Location: Room GCG-09
Dates:
24th February 2014
28th April 2014
19th May 2014

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14 November - 17 December 2013

IPSE News 283.pdf

Keynote Paper at the Honoring the Child Conference

Jayne Osgood presented a keynote paper at The 13th Honoring the Child, Honoring Equity Conference in Melbourne, Australia 11th to 22nd November.  Keynote Title: Mum’s the Word: motherhood discourses and the formation of professional nursery worker identities’ and also presented at a workshop: ‘Negotiating Identities in Early Childhood’.
http://web.education.unimelb.edu.au/yrc/honoring_equity_conference/speakers.html

Book Published

Maria Tsouroufli is a co-editor for a book to be published in February:  Davies, I., Hampden Thompson, G., Calhoun, J., Bramley, G., Tsouroufli, M., Sundaram, V. Lord P. and Jeffes, J. ‘Creating citizenship communities: teaching and learning to help young people play a full and active part in society’, Palgrave, 2014.
Maria is also co-author of one of the chapters:
Sundaram, V. Tsouroufli, M.  ‘Young people’s understandings of communities in English schools: Fieldwork findings’:  in Davies, I. et al. (Eds.) ‘Creating Citizenship Communities: teaching and learning to help young people play a full and active part in society’, Palgrave, 2014.

CiCe Conference and Summer School Call for Papers

The 16th Annual CiCe Network conference will take place at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, 12-14 June 2014: Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education.  Full details can be found on the CiCe website
 
CiCe Research Student Summer School, 9-14 June 2014, University of Warminski Mazuri, Olsztyn, Poland. 
'How to understand and conduct research on citizenship and identity?'
The student summer school offers an exciting training opportunity for PhD students, with doctoral training sessions, poster sessions and the opportunity for research students to present papers to a smaller audience.  Full details can be found on the Research Student Summer School page.  
Deadline for proposals is 13th January 2014.

Paper Presented at EU Seminar

Tozun Issa attended the research seminar organised by the European Commission and presented a paper entitled 'Citizenship education of children from a migrant background; findings of Sirius survey report', in Rome 2-4 December.
For more information, please see: http://ipsc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php?id=849

Robbins Report 50 Years On

Carole Leathwood was an invited speaker at the Robbins Report 50 Years On: Feminist Responses event at the University of Sussex on 2nd December.  Carole’s paper was titled: ‘A Genealogy of the Woman Student: From Robbins to the present day’.  Please see: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/cheer/events
and scroll down for Carole’s powerpoint presentations.

Governmental level talks with the Ministry of Education, Argentina

Carl Smith has been invited to Buenos Aires for governmental level talks with the Ministry of Education, Argentina. The objective is to see how best practices in TEL pioneered at LTRI can be rolled out across educational institutions and workplaces across Argentina and South America. AR interfaces, AI, hybrid reality learning and image recognition systems will be some of the topics under discussion. The visit will also include giving a keynote and joining a panel session at their international digital education congress. More information: http://portal.educacion.gov.ar
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Argentina

London Challenge

Merryn Hutchings was invited to a roundtable discussion with Tristram Hunt (Shadow Secretary of State for Education) to discuss IPSE's report on the sustainability and legacy of the London Challenge and City Challenge (government programmes to improve urban schools in three areas) in December.  Please see Guardian article for more information:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/london-challenge-lesson-poor-pupils-labour-policy-schools

Invited Keynotes

Carl Smith was an invited keynote at World Usability Day. The event is organised by the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Interaction Lab, the Cyprus Promotion Foundation, the Cyprus Computer Society, and the Pedagogical Institute are the co-organizers/sponsors of the event. Keynote details: Smith, C. (2013). (Re)Developing the Learning Agenda using Context Engineering, Experience Design and Hybrid Reality Tools. More information: http://cyprusinteractionlab.com

Carl was also invited to give the closing keynote at the Fourth International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (HCITOCH 2013): Strategies for a Creative Future with Computer Science, Quality Design and Communicability. September 26 – 27, 2013. Title: Smith, C. (2013) Experience (Re)Design Tools to Explore the Relationship between Creativity and Knowledge Construction.
More information: http://www.ainci.com/HCITOCH-2013/workshop_HCITOCH_2013.html

Paper Accepted

Maria Tsouroufli has had a paper accepted: ‘Negotiating gendered identities and professionalisms: Senior academic Greek women in medicine and business studies’ for the next Gender, Work and Organisation conference to be held at Keele University in June 2014.

Art and Technology Workshop

Carl Smith has been invited by the EU RTD Framework Programme as one of five recognised international experts to speak on the current state of arts and technologies at the COST CAT workshop. The workshop aims at enabling innovative integration of arts and multi-, inter-, and transmedia technologies and their actual and potential integration with industries and society as a way of enhancing creativeness of European innovation.
The workshop will deliver initiatives and applications enhancing welfare and greening of Europe and will feed directly into the Horizon 2020 call.  Paper details: C. Smith and C. Miranda de Almeida (2013). Hybrid Poetics of Big Dat-ART. Art and Technology Workshop-CAT/ European Cooperation in Science and Technology-Cost. Zagreb, Croatia. More information: http://www.cost.eu/events/cat
   

PhD Success

Congratulations to Jana Šulíková, who successfully defended her PhD thesis 'National Identity and European Integration in secondary education: the case of Slovakia' last week.  Jana was supervised by Mike Newman and Marko Boijun (both formerly LGIR) and Alistair Ross (IPSE).

Cre-AM Kick off meeting in Nantes, France

The first Cre-AM meeting took place in Nantes, France on 31st October 2013. The meeting was a resounding success - the EU project officer who joined us at the meeting stated that she had never seen such a high level of organisation at such an early stage in the project. LTRI are the WP4 leader: Technology foresight, disruptive innovations.
In the case of disruptive innovations, we need to understand the possible innovation opportunities stemming from the emerging technologies and any threats or weaknesses that might influence the roadmaps and their adoption.  What will be their potential for commercialization, in terms of desired applications, products or services, and which products, technologies, practices or even markets will be replaced?  What will be the resistance from the current players in the market? What does it means in terms of the adoption of the new technologies?  
The analysis of the S-curves in technology forecasting methods will also provide us with a first indication of when a new technology will be most likely to appear as a replacement of a mature one.

Valentina moves to Ravensbourne

After her four month internship at LTRI, Valentina Chinnici has been offered a permanent role as a Support Engineer (Learning Innovation) at Ravensbourne. Valentina will provide skills and expertise in the creative deployment of technology and complementary support functions related to the software and hardware used to deliver learning and teaching within the institution. Many congratulations to Valentina. We wish her well and look forward to future collaborations.

Visiting Professors

LTRI recently welcomed visiting professors from the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro and the University of the Basque Country, Prof Maria Luisa Fragoso and Dr Cristina Miranda de Almeida for in depth Horizon 2020 discussions. Consortiums are being formed for the upcoming Horizon 2020 call in December.

Research Student Seminars 2013-14

The next seminar in the IPSE/FAIR Research Student Seminars series will take place on 13th January 2014
The seminars are intended to be an informal, non-threatening platform where research students can listen to two presentations about various aspects of doing doctoral research. The presentations are intended to allow students the space to reflect upon different aspects and stages of doing doctoral research and to develop their ideas through sharing them.
Day / time: Mondays, 5-7pm.
Location: Room GCG-09
Dates:  13th January 2014
24th February 2014
28th April 2014
19th May 2014


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18 September - 13 November 2013

IPSE Newsletter 282

IPSE News 282.pdf

Welcome to Dr Maria Tsouroufli

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Dr Maria Tsouroufli who joined IPSE at the beginning of October as a Senior Research Fellow. Maria began her career as a primary school teacher and she has since taught in both community and higher education – most recently as a lecturer in medical sociology at the University of Dundee.  Her disciplinary background spans gender, medical sociology and the sociology of professions, and her research interests include inequalities in education, gender, academic identities and professional education. Her Phd was a funded study of ‘Gender and teacher-student classroom interaction: An ethnographic study in a secondary school in Greece’ and she is a highly experienced qualitative researcher.

Maria has joined the IPSE Doctor of Education (EdD) course team and is supervising a number of research students in addition to bidding for research funding. We are very pleased that she has joined us. 
For more information see Maria’s webpage

Article Published

Carole Leathwood has had an article published in a special issue of Studies in Higher Education:

Carole Leathwood & Barbara Read (2013): ‘Research policy and academic performativity: compliance, contestation and complicity’, Studies in Higher Education, 38:8, 1162-1174.

To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2013.833025

IPSE Dialogues: Seminar 1: Debating Academies in the Academy:
The Brave New World of Schooling

Debating Academies in the Academy: The brave new world of schooling

On Tuesday 1st October the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University launched its new seminar series: IPSE Dialogues.

You can listen to the Debating Academies Podcasts here:

Debating Academies_01.mp3

Debating Academies_02.mp3

Debating Academies_03.mp3

As the name suggests the seminars intend to generate lively dialogue between a range of key stakeholders on an educational  ‘hot topic’. The first seminar took the growing proliferation of academies in our schooling system as its focus.  Since the growth of academies is surrounded by controversy and dissention the aim of the seminar (to generate lively debate) was more than achieved.  A range of stakeholders, from diverse organisations (opposed to and in favour of academies) embraced the invitation to dissect, trouble and explore the implications of the academisation of our schooling system.

The seminar was chaired by Professor Jayne Osgood IPSE Dialogues 1 Intro.pdf and papers were given by Professor Becky Francis (Kings College London) Academies presentation, LondonMet, 1_10_13.pdf and Professor Merryn Hutchings (Emeritus, London Metropolitan) MH_IPSE_Oct13.pdf who presented findings from their respective research studies (Academies Commission Report, Evaluation of the City Challenge Programme  and a review of the impact of the London Challenge (2003–8) and the City Challenge (2008–11) Ofsted Report) around the issues of school improvement, effectiveness and academies.

The speakers were accompanied by a panel of key stakeholders each of whom holds a particular position in relation to the growth of academies. The panel comprised Bill Watkin from Specialist Schools & Academies Trust; with over 20 years teaching experience in South London Schools Bill began working with SSAT on curriculum design but has, since 2006 focused his energies on supporting the development of Academies through a range of support, induction, training and networking activities. He was joined by Clare Collins from the National Governors Association, with over 20 years experience of chairing governing bodies across the range of schools including a Multi Academy Trust Claire is currently Lead Consultant at the NGA, she chaired the organisation from 2008-11 and continues as a member of the NGA Policy Committee, she now leads the development of NGAs consultancy and training service.

Other panellists included Alasdair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance and Fiona Millar from The Local Schools Network. Alasdair is a teacher, parent and education campaigner. He is also National Secretary of the Anti-Academies Alliance – a campaigning body set up in 2005 to bring together the concerns unions, parents, pupils, teachers, councillors and MPs hold about the privatisation of education through the increase of academies.

Fiona Millar - a well-known writer and journalist currently writing for Education Guardian, has written extensively about a range of educational matters . She was special adviser to Tony Blair during his term in office as Prime Minister. She has been active in supporting and promoting a range of organisations from the Family Parenting Institute to Comprehensive Future. She was confounder of Local Schools Network which actively campaigns for local state schooling.

Each panellist was asked to prepare a brief response to the position papers from which point the floor was opened up to the audience, and a lively and wide ranging debate was generated.  The seminar created a space for critical debate, an opportunity to trouble received wisdom about educational policy, practice and its implications for social justice; and importantly to open up dialogue across professional, personal and political boundaries.

Youth Music Report

The Youth Music: Engaging 'Hard to Reach' Parents in Early Years Music Making report and The Action Research Toolkit by Jayne Osgood, Deb Albon, Kim Allen and Sumi Hollingworth have now been published.

Matt Griffiths, Executive Director of Youth Music says:
We know that much valuable work is being done by music leaders and early years practitioners.  This study provides a number of useful and thought-provoking suggestions to increase engagement amongst ‘hard-to-reach’ parents.  We want to see early years music-making being available to all children as we know the benefits include improved musical confidence, language and communication skills. We hope that this study will stimulate discussion and go some way towards identifying the ways we can reach out to families who might not otherwise engage with early years music-making services.

Download the Action Research Toolkit here.

Read the full Engaging ‘hard-to-reach’ parents in Early Years music-making report here.

To find out more about the research findings please see the Youth Music website report here

and read Sumi Hollingworth’s blog here

IPSE on Facebook    

IPSE has a Facebook page.  Please check it regularly for updates on our research:  facebook.com/pages/Institute-of-Policy-Studies-in-Education

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK commissioned the Institute for Policy Studies in Education to conduct a review of current literature on work-related skills and disability. The aim of the review was to assist Disability Rights UK in informing the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) of potential options for policy initiatives that could strengthen work-related skills of disabled people, in line with the government’s disability and employment strategies.  

In particular, the review focused on:

  • identifying a range of approaches to increase the work-related skills of disabled people to move into work, retain employment and to progress in employment
  • young people (14-25) and those of working age who experience an impairment while in work
  • in the UK and internationally ie apprenticeships, adult learning, training and work experience for both school students/leavers and working age adults
  • people with different impairments 
  • available evidence on benefits to disabled people, to employers, to the economy and cost effectiveness
  • critical factors determining the success or failure of approaches to increasing the work related skills of disabled people

A final draft of the review has now been submitted to Disability Rights UK who recently presented it to BIS to take forward their work on future policy initiatives.

Think Tank 2

Carole Leathwood attended the Think Tank 2: Widening Access to Higher Education in Scotland, the UK and internationally: Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence seminar series held at the University of Edinburgh on 8th October.  For more information, including presentation slides, please see:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/education/rke/centres-groups/creid/news-events/events-in-2013/esrc-fellowship-tt2

Breaking Down European Attitudes Towards Migrant/Minority Stereotypes

Patrick Turner gave a presentation In Madrid at the local EU commission on the London findings of a Europe wide EU research project: BEAMs (Breaking Down European Attitudes Towards Migrant/Minority Stereotypes).  
Click here for more info

Talk at Kings College London

Carl Smith gave a talk on ‘Using Spatial Cognition to Improve Knowledge Construction’ at the Centre for e-Research (CeRch) at the Department of Digital Humanities, Kings College London on Tuesday 12th November.  For more info, including abstract, please click here

Research Student Seminars 2013-14

IPSE/FAIR is running a seminar series specifically for PhD/EdD research students at London Metropolitan University.
The seminars are intended to be an informal, non-threatening platform where research students can listen to two presentations about various aspects of doing doctoral research. Each presentation is intended to last approximately 20 minutes.
Ample time is factored in for Q&A/discussion following the presentations which allows space for students to reflect upon and make connections with their own research experiences and debate these in a supportive environment.
The presentations are intended to allow students the space to reflect upon different aspects and stages of doing doctoral research and to develop their ideas through sharing them.

Day / time: Mondays, 5-7pm.
Location: Room GCG-09
Dates: 
18th November 2013
13th January 2014
24th February 2014
28th April 2014
19th May 2014

For more details or to offer a presentation please contact Prof Jayne Osgood j.osgood@londonmet.ac.uk

Research Student Christmas Social

All IPSE EdD and PhD students are invited to the IPSE Research Student Christmas Social on Wednesday 4th December, 5.30-7.30pm in Room GCG-09.


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