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

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

New journal articles from Prof Lindsay Paterson, based on the 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

CES briefings downloaded over 1/4 million times in 5 years

An analysis of people accessing our ‘CES Briefings’ shows that over the 5-year period from 2014-2018, the 66 pdfs were downloaded a total of 266,000 times – note that these were not ‘hits’ but actual successful downloads of whole pdfs. The single most downloaded briefing was no. 35 ‘Does Education Promote Social Mobility?’ by Cristina … Continued

High turnout for public lecture in honour of David Raffe

There was a great response to the lecture in honour of Professor David Raffe, chaired by Professor Rowena Arshad OBE (above) and delivered by Professor Lindsay Paterson, with over 125 people squeezing into the venue. David, in his roles as Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Edinburgh and Director of its Centre for Educational Sociology, … Continued