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Everyone's Future: Lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling

forthcoming book: publication 1 June 2015

book_coverIt is 50 years since comprehensive education was introduced in Scotland, England and Wales. But while the ideal of comprehensive education has been largely abandoned in England, comprehensive schools are alive and well in Scotland and command public support.

This long-term overview of the development of the Scottish system, with contrasting accounts from England, Northern Ireland and Wales, concludes that comprehensive schooling, linked to underlying democratic values of liberty, equality and fraternity, has made a positive difference to the development of contemporary Scotland.

Drawing on a wide range of research, documentary and policy evidence, the book provides ... (READ MORE)

Murphy, D., Croxford, L., Howieson, C. and Raffe, D. (2015) Everyone’s Future: lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling, London: Institute of Education / Trentham Books.
Price £25.99 - click here to pre-order now

conference: 50 Years of Comprehensive Schooling

date: 27 October 2015

CES will he holding a conference on Comprehensive Education exactly 50 years to the day from the government circulars which initiated comprehensive reorganisation. It will be held at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
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'Pupils as Citizens'

Dr Linda Croxford is now working on ‘Pupils as Citizens: pupils’ views on school citizenship and the transition from primary to secondary school’, a project led by the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) and funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation.

SQA appointment

Dr Cathy Howieson has been appointed to the Qualifications Committee of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

death of David Raffe

portrait of David RaffeSadly Professor David Raffe passed away unexpectedly on Sunday 15th February. David was Director of the Centre for many years, a distinguished scholar who made a great contribution to the field of Sociology of Education but also contributed hugely to the development of education policy in Scotland and beyond. His death is a great loss to the academic and educational communities to which he contributed and he will be much missed by many, especially his long-standing colleagues from CES. Moray House is considering how best to mark his contribution and further details will be posted here in due course. Tributes to Professor Raffe can be viewed here.

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CES carries out research in the social sciences of education that is independent, methodologically sound and that explores fundamental issues about the purposes and processes of education, and of policy in education, with a starting point in Scotland, but located in the wider framework of Europe.


Key research findings are summarised in a regular series of CES Briefings, edited by Dr Cathy Howieson. All Briefings can be downloaded, free of charge. If paper copy or multiple copies are required please contact us.


The research of the CES is published in a variety of forms including briefings for policy-makers and practitioners, articles in academic and professional journals, reports and books. Key research findings are summarised in a regular series of CES Briefings.