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More evidence on the power of role models

We have written here before about the power of inspirational role models to change young people’s beliefs and behaviours when it comes to their education. We, and others, have repeatedly found that having a positive, relatable role model can have substantial impacts on young people’s interest in applying to university, and is particularly effective at […]

July 31, 2017


Why England’s 11 new Research Schools are an exciting step forward for education

Yesterday Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the government was to fund 11 Research Schools, bringing the total to 22 nationally. At BIT, we are very pleased to be working in partnership with one of these new Research schools, the Blue School in Wells. The Blue School has been appointed the research […]

July 13, 2017


Moments of Choice: how young people make career decisions

Today, young people across England receive their GCSE results. Many will now be looking forward to the next exciting step in their education; for others, it may be a time for to reflect on what their options are and what they would like to do next. In these ‘moments of choice’, young people may seek […]

August 25, 2016


Texting parents about tests and homework can improve maths results and reduce absenteeism

Today the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published the results of a trial showing that texting parents information about upcoming tests and homework directly improved their child’s attainment in maths by the equivalent of an extra month in the classroom. I ran the trial as part of my PhD, with Harvard Kennedy School’s Todd Rogers and […]

July 15, 2016


How do social workers make decisions?

Reform of the children’s social care system is a key priority for the current Government and last week the Department for Education released a policy paper setting out their vision for the sector. This paper included details of the Department’s ongoing programme of reform, including workforce accreditation and new structural models of accountability and delivery. […]

July 11, 2016


Talking grit with Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and Behavioural Insights Team collaborator, was in London recently promoting her new book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”. BIT have taken inspiration from Angela’s work over the past few years and have previously used the concept of grit to evaluate the impact of volunteering […]

June 9, 2016


Doing a PhD at BIT – insights from a BIT research fellow

Last September, I started working for the Behavioural Insights Team as a Research Fellow alongside my PhD. At BIT, I feel like I’ve been reminded of why I wanted to go into the field of behavioural science in the first place. I chose to do a PhD in behavioural science because I wanted to have […]

April 11, 2016


BIT launch PhD Scholarships Programme with UCL

We are pleased to announce the launch of the BIT PhD Scholarships Programme, a collaboration between the Behavioural Insights Team and the School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL). These three-year scholarships will run from autumn 2016.  The scholarships can be on any area of behavioural science and public policy, but strong links between […]

March 24, 2016


Applying behavioural insights to improve life chances

A quiet moment in Davos, among the world’s elites, is a strange place to reflect on those whose accidents of birth make it hard to get to a place like this, even from a relatively affluent country like Britain. I’m here as Chair of the WEF group on behaviour, and there’s certainly no shortage of […]

January 22, 2016


Does social action help develop the skills young people need to succeed in adult life?

Today sees the publication of BIT’s evaluation of the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Fund, an interim version of which was published last year. Our report provides compelling and robust evidence that young people who take part in social action initiatives, such as volunteering, develop some of the most critical skills for employment and adulthood […]

January 15, 2016