Ask the Expert: What are the causes of social inequalities in educational attainment?

Our ‘Ask the Expert’ series is aligned with current government consultations and parliamentary inquiries, giving you the opportunity to engage with experts in those policy areas.

In this seminar, Professor Becky Francis discussed the relationship between social identity variables and educational outcomes, and outline key explanations for present inequalities. She also highlighted the role of in-school segregation, particularly with regard to attainment grouping, drawing on her current large-scale research project funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Professor Becky Francis
Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Nida Broughton
Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation

About the Speaker
Professor Becky Francis is Director of the UCL-Institute of Education (IOE). Before this, she was Professor of Education and Social Justice at King’s College London. She has followed a research career focusing on education and social justice, incorporating education policy work, for example in her previous roles as Director of Education at the RSA, and as Standing Advisor to the Parliamentary Education Select Committee.


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