RESPECTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: LEARNING FROM THE PAST, REDESIGNING THE FUTURE
Educational researchers in BERA have been put to work on addressing the challenges of global change and exacerbating social inequalities that diminish the lives of many children and young people. Jointly organised by the BERA Social Justice, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Sexualities, Youth Studies and Informal Education, Practitioner Research, Inclusive Education SIGs, we used the best educational research done within our SIGs to inform public debate prior to the Westminster election in May 2015, celebrating the work of our members and demonstrating how it can be used to provide an evidence base for policy that has issues of equality and social justice at its heart.
Connected to BERA’s 40th Anniversary, our project focused on developing policy recommendations on issues related to the lived experience and futures of children and young people. Some of BERA’s leading educational researchers worked alongside other members of the collaborating SIGs to produce the Fair and Equal Education policy manifesto that is informed by research on equality in education from the last 40 years.
On this blog we have posted research-informed ‘think pieces’ from SIG members and manifesto contributors. These posts identify the themes that informed the development of our manifesto. Read the posts, read the manifesto and use them to as texts to inform and challenge your personal opinions in the lead up to and beyond the UK election. If you have any questions about the project please contact Ruth Boyask.
The views of the authors are their own and the views expressed on this blog are not the official views of BERA or the Editors.