Spoiler alert! Northern Ireland boasts the highest entry rates to higher education amongst England, Scotland and Wales for young people aged 18 (43%; UCAS 2016). Great? Yes. But some not-so-good statistics lurk beneath the headline. There is a persistent gender gap in educational attainment between boys and girls – and young men and young women… Read More Breaking the Attainment Barrier for Boys
Systemic: a judgement on the inequity of educational attainment and participation for tens of thousands of boys every year? The gender gap has been evident for decades; it persists at all stages of education; and it has been the subject of academic research, education policy development by governments, and of international reports by civil society.… Read More Time to Take Boys Seriously
Relentless and refreshing. This is my take on the HE debate that has been raging post the General Election. Fees. Who pays? Who benefits? Student debt? The social and economic contribution of HE? Within weeks of the General Election and within days of the announcement of fee rises on the back of the results of… Read More The Great Higher Education Divorce?