What has happened to the attainment gap during the pandemic?

What has happened to the attainment gap during the pandemic?

CREU Research Fellow Jonathan Harris argues that in order to understand changes to the attainment gap during the pandemic, education data reporting must be improved.

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Report: School-based Support for Syrian Refugee Pupils in Northern Ireland

Report: School-based Support for Syrian Refugee Pupils in Northern Ireland

A CREU team led by Dr John McMullen examines the educational experiences of Syrian refugee pupils, and the support requirements of teachers and schools across Northern Ireland

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Report: Loyalist and Republican Perspectives on Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland

Report: Loyalist and Republican Perspectives on Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland

CREU examines perspectives on educational underachievement and social disadvantage in Northern Ireland’s loyalist and republican communities

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Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Review of Research 2021

Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Review of Research 2021

CREU's up-to-date account of the research literature in the area of educational underachievement in Northern Ireland, plus the recording from our webinar

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Report: Second Northern Ireland Survey of Parents/Carers on Home-Schooling during the Covid-19 Crisis

Report: Second Northern Ireland Survey of Parents/Carers on Home-Schooling during the Covid-19 Crisis

The results of CREU's second online survey on home-schooling during the pandemic, which received over 2000 responses.

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CREU Podcast: Transfer Tests and Access to Grammar School Places

CREU Podcast: Transfer Tests and Access to Grammar School Places

CREU director Dr Noel Purdy speaks to Dr Sam Sims about his recent research on transfer tests and access to grammar school places in both England and Northern Ireland

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School Return and Balancing Acts

School Return and Balancing Acts

Dr John McMullen and Dr Victoria Simms discuss the importance, and complex balancing acts, of children's school return

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Back to School: Learning Together after Lockdown

Back to School: Learning Together after Lockdown

Dr Sharon Jones discusses 'learning together', arguing that our greatest need in the return to school might simply be being together

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Why holding a postponed, single transfer test is likely to widen educational inequalities between wealthy and poor within the current P7 cohort

Why holding a postponed, single transfer test is likely to widen educational inequalities between wealthy and poor within the current P7 cohort

The CREU team outline why the recent decision by AQE to hold a single transfer test on 27th February 2021 is likely to widen educational inequalities based on wealth

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Left to their own devices…again! The enduring inequality of lockdown home-schooling

Left to their own devices…again! The enduring inequality of lockdown home-schooling

At the start of a second period of lockdown home-schooling, Noel Purdy considers what has been learned since the beginning of the pandemic

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What's the (gender) difference?: Views on male primary teachers from three Controlled primary school communities

What's the (gender) difference?: Views on male primary teachers from three Controlled primary school communities

In collaboration with the Controlled Schools' Support Council, we publish the results of our recent pilot research project investigating views on male primary teachers in three Controlled primary school communities

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International Perspectives on Educational Underachievement – Symposium Report

International Perspectives on Educational Underachievement – Symposium Report

A summary of the key talking points from the "International Perspectives on Educational Underachievement" CREU symposium

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What we can learn about Educational Underachievement from the GCSE and A-Level experience of 2020

What we can learn about Educational Underachievement from the GCSE and A-Level experience of 2020

CREU Research Fellow Jonathan Harris asks what can be learned about Educational Underachievement from the recent exam grading controversy

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Prioritising Play when Schools Reopen

Prioritising Play when Schools Reopen

Educational Psychologist John McMullen and Play Expert Glenda Walsh argue for quality playful learning experiences to be re-prioritised as schools re-open

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"There is no education like adversity": learning from the positive experiences of lockdown

Noel Purdy and Alistair Hamill (Lurgan College) consider what we can learn from the positive experiences of some children and families during lockdown.

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Bridging the Lockdown Learning Gap (Part Two)

Bridging the Lockdown Learning Gap (Part Two)

What steps can we take to bridge the lockdown learning gap? Noel Purdy shares seven ways schools, parents and government can bridge the gap.

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Bridging the Lockdown Learning Gap (Part One)

Bridging the Lockdown Learning Gap (Part One)

Is there a lockdown learning gap? What does the lockdown learning gap look like in Northern Ireland? Noel Purdy outlines the challenges facing our schools.

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Life after Lockdown in the Early Years Classroom: Embracing Challenges as Opportunities!

Life after Lockdown in the Early Years Classroom: Embracing Challenges as Opportunities!

As the lockdown restrictions ease, we highlight the social and emotional benefits of play and socialising with peers in the Early Years of school.

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Back to School: Curriculum Matters and Covid-19

Back to School: Curriculum Matters and Covid-19

When Northern Ireland's children do get back to school, whatever that might look like, how should the curriculum guide their learning?

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Report: Home-Schooling in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 Crisis

Report: Home-Schooling in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 Crisis

Results of CREU's online survey on parents/carers’ experiences of home-schooling. We asked 2000 parents/carers how they were approaching home-schooling, how schools were supporting them, and what could be improved.

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Links in Achievement and Deprivation

Links in Achievement and Deprivation

Find the recording of Ruth Leitch's CREU webinar on educational disadvantage and deprivation and links to previously unpublished research from ILiAD report.

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‘Left to their own devices’: the inequality of homeschooling

‘Left to their own devices’: the inequality of homeschooling

Unless action is taken in the days to come, the current lockdown and the differentiated experiences of homeschooling have the potential to further disempower and disenfranchise, thus exacerbating the social injustice of an already deeply divided education system.

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Effective Practice for Tackling Educational Disadvantage

Effective Practice for Tackling Educational Disadvantage

We take a closer look at the Department for Education’s “10 Features of Effective Schools”, and draw out some lessons from the case studies described within.

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New Decade, New Approach?

New Decade, New Approach?

What we have learned in the past two decades about Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland.

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