educational performance

A stitch in time : tackling educational disengagement : interim report

Report arguing that tackling the issue of educational disengagement successfully involves children's services needing to become more holistic and operating on the principles of early intervention and prevention.

Women and personal finance : the reality of the gender gap (Consumer research 7)

Study investigating how women's life stages and work and family experiences affect their long-term financial needs and how the changing role of women in society impacts on these.

Parent power

Report surveying the state of the school education system in Scotland and advocating greater power for parents and autonomy for schools as a means of improving standards in school education.

Tackling the poverty of opportunity

Report of a study which sought to identify the most deprived areas in England, Scotland and Wales and examine the impact of spatial disadvantage on educational outcomes for 16-18 year olds. It also looked at the comparative change in deprivation and educational outcomes over time.

Early years, life chances and equality: a literature review

Reviews recent literature on how early years experiences may impact on life chances for different groups of the population. Life chances can cover a range of opportunities that people can experience as they become adults and into their later life. These opportunities include, for example, the likelihood of being in employment over individuals’ lifetimes, the chances of obtaining educational qualifications and the chances of good physical and mental health.

The cost of exclusion : counting the cost of youth disadvantage in the UK

Report investigating the extent of the social and economic costs associated with the issue of socially excluded young people in the UK and concluding that interventions helping young people get into employment, education or training can considerably reduce the costs of social exclusion.

Re-Ach Project evaluation support

Report of an evaluation of the Re-Ach Project, a two-year pilot programme whose purpose was, through challenging workshops and performance coaching, to "raise aspiration, engagement and achievement among young people who are least likely to succeed and achieve and most likely to indulge in behaviour which is not productive for them".

Improving the education of looked after children: a guide for local authorities and service providers

This guide for practice booklet is based on the key findings of the national research of Scottish Government-funded pilot projects in 18 Scottish local authorities carried out by the University of Strathclyde between 2006 and 2008.

SCIE knowledge review 05: fostering success: an exploration of the research literature in foster care

Foster children have difficult early lives. Their needs are great, their educational performance can be poor, their childhoods in foster care and out of it are often unstable. In their adult lives they are at greater risk than others of a wide variety of difficulties. These 'facts' have led some to conclude that the state is not an adequate parent.

Narrowing the gap in outcomes for vulnerable groups: a review of the research evidence

This report presents findings from a review of the best evidence on narrowing the gap in outcomes across the five Every Child Matters (ECM) areas for vulnerable groups. The aims and focus of the review was to look at the empirically-based research on narrowing the gaps in outcomes that had been carried out in the UK since 2002; identify the vulnerable groups covered in the research; identify which ECM outcome areas in which the gaps are being narrowed; to identify how gaps are being narrowed; and to identify gaps in the research or evidence base.