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

Gillean McCluskey portraitevent flyerThis 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 lecture draws on the concept of ‘home international’ comparative research across the four nations of the UK that David pioneered. He saw this approach as a way to gain a better understanding of core educational issues by investigating policy and provision in each of the nations which share broadly similar social, economic and cultural contexts.

Professor McCluskey’s lecture was the 6th annual memorial lecture in honour of the late David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Sociology (CES) at the University of Edinburgh. It was chaired by Dr Sam Fawkner, Acting Head of Moray House School of Education and Sport.