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Over more than 40 years CES has built an international reputation for the quality and influence of its research. While the Centre no longer has full-time paid research staff, following the retirement of senior academic members and the death of Professor David Raffe, its work is being continued by honorary senior research fellows and associates. CES remains a research centre based at Moray House School of Education, and continues to pursue its research interests in secondary, further and higher education and in educational and labour market transitions. These interests are underpinned by a concern about equalities and inequalities in young people’s attainment, participation and transitions.

Specific areas of interest include curriculum and qualifications reform; widening access to higher education; UK and international comparisons; and the development and management of survey and other data on transitions. We welcome suggestions for collaborative research and consultancy in all of these areas. The Centre has a huge resource of data and publications in education, youth transitions and policy that we are keen to share and again welcome enquiries.

publications & briefings

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, edited by Dr Cathy Howieson. All Briefings can be downloaded, free of charge.

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conference: 'what have we learnt from fifty years of comprehensive schooling?'

27 October 2015, 9.00 am - 1.30 pm, Moray House School of Education, Godfrey Thomson Hall.

The 27th October 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of comprehensive education in Britain. While the ideal of comprehensive education has been largely abandoned in England, comprehensive schools are alive and well in Scotland and command public support. But the Scottish system’s success is still only partial. This conference will provide a reflective long-term overview of the experience of comprehensive schooling in Scotland.

The conference will be addressed by Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Dr Aladair Allan. The full programme can be viewed or downloaded here.

Drawing on a wide range of research, it will ask to what extent Scottish comprehensive schooling has realised the underlying values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. It aims to promote discussion about the difficult educational and policy issues that face the Scottish system in trying to offer the best educational opportunities and experiences for all young people aged 11-18.

Attendance is free, but places are limited and must be booked through Eventbrite on or before the 19th October 2015.

This conference is based on the book 'Everyone's Future: Lessons from 50 Years of Scottish Comprehensive Schooling' - for more details see below or click here.

It is jointly organised by CES and the Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity (CREID). For any enquiries, please email Grace Kong or phone 0131 651 6459.

Danny Murphy speaks on 50 years of Scottish Comprehensive Education on Radio EDUtalk

Danny Murphy, co-editor of ‘Everyone’s Future: Lessons from fifty years of Scottish comprehensive schooling’ (see below) recently gave a talk on the Professional Learning for Teachers channel on Radio Edutalk, which is supported by The Scottish Government. Danny is Senior Teaching Fellow here, at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

His talk can be accessed by clicking here.

Cathy Howieson to address 2015 'Transitions in Youth' conference at Mararyk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Dr Howieson will be speaking at a special session organised in memory of the late Professor David Raffe, to commemorate his contribution to research on the subject. She will review his 40-year career in this area, highlighting his conceptual and methodological contribution as well as his empirical work in the field. The presentation will be available here shortly after the conference.

The full title of the conference is "the 23rd annual workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth (TIY") and it will take place in Brno, Czech Republic on 2-5 September 2015. The workshop will be hosted by the Office for Population Studies, Masaryk Universit, and more details can be found here:

global impact of the CES website and briefings

based on analysis of last 6 months' traffic

The site has had an average of 1,251 unique visitors per month, from 69 countries around the World. The peak of 1,339 was recorded in March, following the sudden death of David Raffe.

The CES Briefings are particularly popular, with no 035 (“Does Education Promote Social Mobility?”) being requested well over 12,000 times in the 6-month period, and another 12 briefings each being requested over 1,000 times. Again these requests come from numerous countries all over the world, and at all hours of the day and night.

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

published 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

'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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