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Fomentando la asistencia de los directores a las escuelas en Perú

(This post is also available in English) El ausentismo docente en las escuelas puede ser divertido para los estudiantes. Si le pedimos que recuerde un día escolar en el que faltó un profesor, probablemente vendrán a su memoria imágenes de caras sonrientes, una película o un juego afuera. Desafortunadamente, investigaciones previas han demostrado que incluso unos días de […]

April 13, 2018


Encouraging teachers and principals to turn up to school in Peru

(This post is also available in Spanish) Teacher absenteeism can be fun for students. If we ask you to remember a day at school when a teacher didn’t show up, it probably brings back memories of happy faces, a movie, or a game outside. Unfortunately, research shows that even a few days of teacher absenteeism […]

April 13, 2018


Four principles to support learners: our new reports from the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge

Susannah Hume, Fionnuala O’Reilly, Bibi Groot, Raj Chande, Michael Sanders, Andy Hollingsworth, Janna Ter Meer, Jessica Barnes, Samantha Booth, Eliza Kozman and Xian-Zhi Soon In 2014, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, funded the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to create the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills & Knowledge (ASK), with the aim of […]

February 27, 2018


Improving the experience of non-traditional university students

Great progress has been made in improving access to university in the UK, including work conducted by colleagues at BIT [1] [2]. However, disadvantage does not vanish the moment a student steps onto campus. In fact, “widening participation” students (those from backgrounds that mean they are less likely to enter higher education) participate systematically less […]

February 20, 2018


Helping everyone reach their potential: new education results

A successful education system is one in which everyone is helped to reach their potential. Behavioural science can help us better understand and tackle the barriers that people of all ages face, regardless of the route they choose to pursue. Today we are sharing with you two results that demonstrate how behavioural insights can have […]

October 16, 2017


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