ERG

Education Research Group

 

The current objectives of the group are:

  • To conduct a programme of research on education policy, including reforms, school admissions and finance in England; early education and care; comparative education policy; and research on students, graduates and families. 

  • To consolidate and expand the work already undertaken on the financing of education and on education policies in a European and international context with particular reference to issues of equity and social justice.

  • To act as a focus for research students and staff within the LSE conducting research into educational issues from different disciplinary perspectives.

Research projects

Early years education and care

CNESCO

Professor Anne West is a member of the Conseil National d' Évaluation du Système Scolaire. (Cnesco).

Cnesco is an independent body set up at the beginning of 2014 by the French Minister of Education.

Its mission is to assess the organisation and outcomes of the French (school-based) education system. One if its roles is to produce evaluations and syntheses of evaluations, especially from an international perspective and as part of this Anne West wrote a report on nursery education and reducing social inequalities.

Report: Nursery education and reducing social inequalities: an international comparison

French version
English version

 

Public funding of early years education in England (2016)

Early years education has had a high policy and political profile in England in recent years. This project funded by the Nuffield Foundation examined government expenditure, policy and local implementation of funding policy and the new early years national funding formula.

West, A. and Noden, P. (2016) Public funding of early years education in England: An historical perspective, London: LSE:

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Download research brief (PDF)

 

Noden, P. and West, A. (2016) The Early Years Single Funding Formula: National policy and local implementation, London: LSE:

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Admissions

Ballots and Banding: (2014)
Secondary school admissions in England: Admissions in 2012/13 and the impact of growth of Academies

This project was commissioned by the Sutton Trust and explored secondary school admissions in England.

Ethnicity and Higher Education (2012)

This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, examined whether applicants from particular ethnic groups were more likely to receive conditional offers of a university place than others. The project was directed by Dr Mike Shiner and carried out in conjunction with Dr Philip Noden.

Secondary school admissions in England:
Admission Forums, local authorities and schools (2009)

This project which was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE) with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation examined Admission Forums and their operation in a sample of local authorities.

Secondary school admissions in England: Policy and practice (2009)

This project which was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE) with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation focused on admissions criteria and practices in England in light of changes to the legislative and regulatory context.

Secondary school admissions in England (2009)

This project, which examined secondary school admissions in England was carried out in conjunction with the Research and Information on State Education Trust.

Secondary school admissions in London (2006)

This research was funded by the Greater London Authority. It examined secondary schools' admissions criteria and practices in London for 2005/06, with a particular focus on disadvantaged pupils. 

Higher Education Admissions and Student Mobility in the EU (2001)

The Higher Education Admissions and Student Mobility in the EU study was funded by the European Commission and involved the LSE and partners in France, Germany, Greece and Sweden.

Other educational research

ACT project

The aims of the ACT project are to improve citizenship education in secondary schools in Europe using experimental methods and innovative evaluations based on the active involvement of pupils in concrete ‘citizenship’ projects. 

Private tutoring and its implications for inequality: lessons for England from South Korean attempts to regulate ‘shadow education’ (2016/17)

This project has explored government policies in South Korea which have aimed to regulate and discourage private tutoring (supplementary or ‘shadow’ education) markets, considering the possible relevance of these policies for England. In England, private tutoring has grown significantly in recent years and it  may undermine social policy efforts towards equalising opportunities in childhood through public social investment. This research has been carried out by Dr Sonia Exley with funding from the International Inequalities Institute.

Attainment gaps between the most deprived and
advantaged schools (2009)

The Sutton Trust funded this research project which examined the attainment gap between pupils attending the most and least advantaged schools (as measured by rates of eligibility for free school meals (FSM)). The attainment gaps for pupils eligible for FSM, not eligible for FSM were also examined and also for pupils with high levels of prior attainment. 

Evaluation of the Two Year Key Stage 3 Project (2007)

This research was funded by the Department for Education and Skills and carried out in conjunction with the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Parents' role in setting up new secondary schools (2007)

This research was commissioned by the Research and Information on State Education Trust (RISE), with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It explored the role of parents in the planning and setting up of new secondary schools.

Evaluations of Excellence in Cities (2006),
Aimhigher: Excellence Challenge (2006),
Pupil Learning Credits (2005)

These evaluations were funded by the Department for Education and Skills and carried out by a consortium comprising the National Foundation for Educational Research, the Education Research Group, the Centre for Economic Performance and (for some of the evaluations) the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Excellence in Cities

Aimhigher: Excellence Challenge

Pupil Learning Credits

Other research

Renegotiating parenthood: parents and children

Renegotiating parenthood: parents and children (2012-2013)

This project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, addressed a significant dimension of changing family relationships, namely the renegotiation of parenthood by parents of young adult children. The research project comprised two studies which explored the changing nature of parental support for their young adult children and the attitudes of parents and children towards it: one study focused on parents and co-resident graduates and the other on parents and student children living away from home.

 

Evaluation of the UK Resilience Project (2010)

This evaluation, funded by the DFE, examined the impact of a programme designed to improve children's psychological resilience through teaching cognitive, behavioural and problem solving skills to promote optimistic thinking and resilience. 

Related publications

2017

West, Anne and Nikolai, Rita (2017) The expansion of “private” schools in England, Sweden and Eastern Germany: a comparative perspective on policy development, regulation, policy goals and ideas Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. ISSN 1387-6988

2016

West, Anne and Hind, Audrey (2016) Secondary school admissions in London 2001 to 2015: compliance, complexity and control Clare Market Papers, 20. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Policy, London, UK. ISBN 9781909890329

Lewis, Jane and West, Anne (2016) Early childhood education and care in England under austerity: continuity or change in political ideas, policy goals, availability, affordability and quality in a childcare market? Journal of Social Policy. ISSN 0047-2794

West, Anne and Lewis, Jane and Roberts, Jonathan and Noden, Philip (2016) Young adult graduates living in the parental home: expectations, negotiations and parental financial support Journal of Family Issues. ISSN 0192-513X

Lewis, Jane and West, Anne and Roberts, Jonathan and Noden, Philip (2016) The experience of co-residence: young adults returning to the parental home after graduation in England Families, Relationships and Societies: An International Journal of Research and Debate, 5 (2). 247-262. ISSN 2046-7435

Lewis, Jane and West, Anne (2016) Intergenerational relations between English students, graduates living at home, and their parents Social Policy & Administration. ISSN 0144-5596

West, Anne (2016) L’école maternelle à la source de la réduction des inégalités sociales : une comparaison internationale = Nursery education and reducing social inequalities: an international comparison Cnesco, Paris, France.

Roberts, Jonathan and Noden, Philip and West, Anne and Lewis, Jane (2016) Living with the parents: the purpose of young graduates’ return to the parental home in England Journal of Youth Studies, 19 (3). 319-337. ISSN 1367-6261

West, Anne and Hind, Audrey (2016) Secondary school admissions in London 2001 to 2015: compliance, complexity and control Clare Market Papers, 20. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Social Policy, London, UK. ISBN 9781909890329

West, Anne and Roberts, Jonathan and Lewis, Jane and Noden, Philip (2015) Paying for higher education in England: funding policy and families British Journal of Educational Studies, 63 (1). 23-45. ISSN 0007-1005

 

Who's Who

Department members

ExleySonia

Dr Sonia Exley

Assistant Professor

+44 (0)20 7955 7369
s.exley@lse.ac.uk 

WestAnne

Professor Anne West

Professor of Education Policy
Director of the Education Research Group

+44 (0)20 7955 7269
a.west@lse.ac.uk

 

 

Associates