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How can we help young people with a social worker to thrive in education?

Doing well in school is among the strongest predictors of future life success. Although the relationship isn’t perfect – some people succeed without many or any qualifications, or return to education later in life – this relationship is important. Ensuring that young people can access and achieve in education is a priority for well-functioning societies.

The Educational Aspirations and Psychological Wellbeing of Adopted Young People

Local authorities in England and Wales have a legal duty to report annually to central government on looked-after children's psychological wellbeing and academic attainment but this duty ends once children are adopted. Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to fill this gap in understanding of how young people adopted from the care system perform at school, looking at their wellbeing and aspirations around work and education.

Bullying - Evidence from Longitudinal Study of Young People in England: Cohort 2

More than 10,000 young people in year 11 were interviewed for the second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England in 2015. Researchers used this data to find out whether bullying is increasing and what kind of young people are more likely to suffer bullying. They compared answers with responses from the same young people a year before and with findings from a similar survey in 2006.

Learning Inequalities During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The majority of children who did not attend school between March and July 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic lost 15 weeks’ face-to-face schooling. Prolonged school closures and the abrupt transition to home-schooling could have severe consequences on students across the UK. Researchers from the University of Southampton set out to discover the impact of home learning on children from different backgrounds.

Special Report: Outdoor Learning - Research evidence

These summaries of key research on outdoor learning have been produced with the help of Lucy Maynard, head of research at Brathay Trust; Dr Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria; and Jim Burt, outdoor learning programme manager at Natural England.