Video: Prof Gillean McCluskey’s David Raffe Memorial Lecture 2024

This year’s lecture ‘Understanding school exclusion: what can we learn from a home international comparison?’ can now be viewed here (university host) or here (YouTube). The topic reflected David’s concern about the lasting impact of young people’s experience of schooling on their future life chances and how policy might make a positive difference. Professor McCluskey’s … Continued

New book: Scottish Education and Society since 1945 – democracy and intellect (e-version free)

Professor Lindsay Paterson’s new book examines the enormous changes in secondary schooling, higher education and the youth labour market over a period of profound social and educational change. It uses a series of surveys unique to Scotland to chart the changing patterns of social mobility from the 1950s onwards, and the resulting impact on Scotland’s … Continued

Video of Prof Cristina Iannelli’s 2022 David Raffe Memorial lecture

A video has been posted of this year’s David Raffe Memorial Lecture was delivered by Cristina Iannelli, Professor of Education and Social Stratification, Moray House School of Education and Sport, titled: “Behind the numbers: Understanding how social inequalities in education and the labour market come about” The video can be viewed here: (opens in … Continued

CES briefing: ‘Schools, Policy & Social Change’, Lindsay Paterson

This new Briefing by Lindsay Paterson, Professor of Education Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, is an 8-page summary of analysis carried out as part of his Leverhulme Trust funded research ‘Education and Society in Scotland’.. The Briefing can be accessed directly here, or via our ‘Briefings’ page, while … Continued

“What happened to Excellence?”: Lord Jack McConnell, 19 Nov 2020

This talk, the 2020 David Raffe Memorial Lecture, was delivered online, and the video is now available here (subtitles will be added in the near future). It attracted some attention in the Scottish press, including The Scotsman and the Holyrood magazine. Abstract by Lord McConnell: “Education is back at the centre of debate in Scotland. … Continued

Opening up access to the historical Scottish Young People’s Survey

Prof Lindsay Paterson’s new articles, described and available here, illustrate the great value of the Scottish Young People’s Survey (SYPS) but the datasets are complex and many are difficult to access  because they were created using earlier technologies. To open up access to the surveys, CES is now working with Edinburgh Datashare to develop an … Continued

Articles by Lindsay Paterson, using Scottish Young People’s Survey

Two journal articles using the Scottish Young People’s Survey (SYPS) have just been published by Professor Lindsay Paterson, and can be accessed on this website. The articles ‘The experience of school in Scotland, 1970s to 1990s’ and ‘Curriculum and opportunity in Scottish secondary education: a half-century of expansion and inequality’ shed light on how educational … Continued