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A new database to raise the visibility & impact of African education research.

ESSA Presentation
Wednesday 20 September
REAL Centre in partnership with ESSA is developing a database of education research from sub-Saharan Africa, in order to inform educational decision making.

Please nominate important studies to be included in the database here.

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Professor Pauline Rose and Dr Ricardo Sabates travel to Ghana to discuss research results

Child writing
Monday 18 September
Professor Pauline Rose and Dr Ricardo Sabates will be in Accra, Ghana between the 17th and 20th of September to discuss results from the second round of learner assessments of children enrolled in the Complementary Basic Education programme.  The results have been analysed by our partners Jonathan Stern and Jennifer Pressley from RTI. The project is managed by IMC Worldwide and the project intellectual lead is Professor Kwame Akyeampong, University of Sussex.

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Dr Ricardo Sabates receives prestigious award

Dr Ricardo Sabates
Monday 18 September
Dr Ricardo Sabates has been awarded SNI II, a recognition by the Mexican System of Researchers (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores) as an active researcher undertaking research outside Mexico.

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A new blog for the Global Education Monitoring Report

Global Education Monitoring Logo
Wednesday 13 September
Professor Pauline Rose has written a new blog for the Global Education Monitoring Report.

The blog looks at the impact a paper just published on Liberia's high profile 'Partnership Schools for Liberia' (PSL) experiment has on education reform and what can be learned from it.

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Two articles about REAL Centre student Aliya Khalid's research

Aliya Khalid prestenting
Wednesday 13 September
REAL Centre Student Aliya Khalid has recently had two articles written about her motivation to do the studies she has done and her research with the REAL Centre.



 

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Who benefits from public spending on higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa? by Dr Sonia Iile and Professor Pauline Rose

Real Centre Logo
Wednesday 13 September
Dr. Sonia Ilie and Professor Pauline Rose have published an article with Taylor & Francis entitled Who benefits from public spending on higher education in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa?

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Memorial service for Professor Christopher Colclough

Chris Colcough
Tuesday 12 September
A memorial service for Professor Christopher Colclough will be held at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge at 2.30pm on Friday 3rd November 2017, followed by tea in the Master's Lodge. All are welcome. 

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The REAL Centre at UKFIET Conference 2017

UKFIET 2017 poster
Wednesday 30 August

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British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for Dr Sriprakash

Arathi Sriprakash
Thursday 17 August
The British Academy awards Mid-Career Fellowships to outstanding researchers who will promote public understanding and engagement in the humanities and social sciences. Mid-Career Fellows are recognised as excellent communicators and 'champions' in their field, as well as for their distinguished publication record.

Arathi Sriprakash's project is called 'The contested science of education and international development: concepts and politics in Indian schooling, 1947-1968'. It examines the politics of knowledge in education and international development. Focusing on mass primary education in India, she will trace how scientific knowledge about schooling and society was produced, circulated, and legitimised in the two decades after Indian independence.
Further information

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Mapping education research in sub-Saharan Africa

Mapping education research
Wednesday 9 August
A new blog has been written by REAL Centre members Dr Rafael Mitchell and Professor Pauline Rose. Entitled "Learning, if you use it, increases": a database of African education research to inform policy and practice, it focuses on our belief that the capacity for evidence-informed educational decision-making in sub-Saharan Africa is reliant on the recognition and use of the evidence base created by African researchers. In the first of a series of blogs, we introduce and invite readers to participate in a project to explore, collate and spotlight education research in Africa.

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Professor Anna Vignoles elected to the British Academy

Anna Vignoles
Tuesday 25 July
Our congratulations go to Professor Anna Vignoles who has just been elected to the British Academy in recognition of her contribution to education research.
Further details.

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A report by REAL Centre members: How financing pre-primary education gives every child a fair start in life

Their World logo
Thursday 20 July
Their World has published a report 'How financing pre-primary education gives every child a fair start in life' written by Asma Zubairi and Professor Pauline Rose. The report looks at how a severe lack of investment in early years education is putting millions of children at a disadvantage before they even start school.

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REAL Centre Members contribute to the 2016 Nestle Foundation Report

Nestle Report Cover
Thursday 20 July
REAL Centre Members Professor Pauline Rose, Dr Ben Alcott, Dr Sonia Ilie and Dr Ricardo Sabates have contributed to the 2016 Nestle Foundation Report (pg 34 & 35), looking at 'Progressive Universalism and Equality.

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Improving Ethiopia’s Education System

Girls in the classroom
Wednesday 19 July
Professor Tassew Woldehanna and Professor Pauline Rose publish their first blog for the 'Improving Ethiopia's Education System' project The blog introduces the project team, outlines what the project will focus on and the research that is going to be undertaken.

http://www.riseprogramme.org/content/what-will-it-take-raise-learning-outcomes-all-children-ethiopia-translating-commitment

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MPhil students in Education, Globalisation and International Development celebrate the end of the programme

MPhil Students celebrating
Wednesday 12 July
Our students from the MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development celebrate the end of the programme at Hughes Hall

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Dr Ricardo Sabates travelled to Ghana to discuss the Complementary Basic Education Programme

Dr Ricardo Sabates
Monday 10 July
Dr Ricardo Sabates travelled to Ghana, 3-6 July, to meet with local research collaborators to discuss the research strategies for the Complementary Basic Education Programme. Particular emphasis was placed on the sampling needs to trace students who completed the CBE programme in 2012-13 academic year and to investigate their educational and early life course transitions

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REAL Centre Conference - Inclusive learning and teaching: Lessons from the last two decades

Ziadduin Keynote speaker
Monday 3 July
The conference opened with a keynote address by Ziauddin Yousafzai, Advisor to the UN Special for Global Education and father of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.

The event was in association with the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE).

You can view the conference here and you can also join in the discussion via Twitter #REALTeach

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UK educators and young people who recently experienced terror

Global Education Refugee Movement
Thursday 29 June
Dr Hilary Cremin will be welcoming teachers and academic colleagues from Uganda and Birmingham next week (from 3rd July 2017), as part of a research and development project focusing on the education needs of young refugees.

This project has been funded by the Cambridge Africa Alborada Fund. It brings together teachers working with young people in Holte Secondary School in Birmingham and Panyadoli Secondary School in Kiryandongo District, Uganda.

Full details at the Faculty academic group: Education, Equality and Development

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New REAL Centre research programme on education systems in Ethiopia

Faculty of Education News
Monday 19 June
The REAL Centre is delighted to announce the launch of a new research programme: Raising Learning Outcomes for All through Education System Research in Ethiopia. On 12-13 June, members of the REAL Centre team welcomed collaborators from Ethiopia (the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Addis Ababa University) and internationally, to the Faculty for their inception meeting.

Part of the DFID-funded Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) programme, the large-scale research programme of around £4 million over five years will aim to assess rigorously the implementation and impact of activities associated with a major education quality reform programme in Ethiopia, with a focus on the most disadvantaged.

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REAL Centre Seminar: Fernando M.Reimers Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fernando seminar
Tuesday 13 June
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Fernando M.Reimers,

Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Harvard Graduate School of Education


Date: Monday 19  June 

Location: Room 1S3, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 


All welcome - please join us 12:00 - 13:00 Presentation and Q&A 

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The REAL Centre PhD Student Seminar: Maria Khwaja and Lisa Walker

PhD Seminar Lisa_Maria
Tuesday 13 June
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Maria Khwaja and Lisa Walker, PhD students

Date: Tuesday 20 June

Location: Room GS5, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: A Geography of Classrooms in Pakistan and Tanzania: Teachers, Students and Potential Futures - Maria Khwaja

Contextualizing Equity in the Tanzanian Secondary Schooling Process - Lisa Walker


All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:30
Presentation and Q&A

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/72656 for further information.

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The REAL Centre PhD Student Seminar: Stephen Bayley and Asma Zubairi

Varkey Seminar
Tuesday 6 June
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Stephen Bayley and Asma Zubairi, PhD students, REAL Centre and special guest Michael Wamaya, Teacher from Nairobi, Kenya. Shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017.

Date: Tuesday 6 June

Location: Room GS4, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Unlocking cognitive competencies in resource-poor environments - Stephen Bayley and Differences in the distribution, use and voice over resources between poor and rich primary schools in Malawi - Asma Zubairi

All welcome - please join us 12:00-14:00 - Presentation and Q&A

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/72654 for further information.

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First LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning

Professor Paul Ramchandani
Friday 26 May

The University of Cambridge has appointed a world-leading researcher as the first LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning.

The Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) was established in 2015 with a £4 million grant from the LEGO Foundation which also funded the leadership role which will be taken up by Professor Paul Ramchandani.

Read more about the first LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning from the University of Cambridge.
and

BBC Article


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REAL Centre PhD Student Seminar:Rebecca Gordon and Lauren Marston

PhD Seminar Rebecca Gordon/Lauren Marston
Tuesday 23 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Rebecca Gordon and Lauren Marston, PhD students, REAL Centre.

Date: Tuesday 30 May

Location: Room GS1, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Financial Interventions and Education in India and Jamaica - Rebecca Gordon & Lauren Marston

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:30 - Presentation and Q&A

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/72654 for further information.

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The REAL Centre Seminar with Sahar Shah and Janice Kim, PhD students.

Sahar Shah and Janice Kim
Thursday 18 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Sahar Shah and Janice Kim, PhD students, REAL Centre.

Date: Tuesday 23 May

Location: Room GS1, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Titles: An Analysis of the Interaction of the gender of head teachers with their leadership styles in secondary schools in Pakistan - Sahar Shah

Unpacking the role of early learning and school quality on student learning outcomes: Evidence from Ethiopia - Janice Kim

12:00-13:30 - Presentation and Q and A
See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/72653 for further information.

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REAL Centre Seminar:Aliya Khalid and Seema Nath, PhD students, REAL Centre

Aliya Khalid and Seema Nath seminar
Wednesday 10 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Aliya Khalid and Seema Nath, PhD students, REAL Centre.

Date: Tuesday 16 May

Location: Room GS1, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Exploring the Mechanisms of Maternal Influence on Daughters' Education in Pakistan - Aliya Khalid and Children with Disabilities in mainstream schools of India: Teaching and Learning - Seema Nath

All welcome - please join us

12:00-13:30 - Presentation and Q

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/72650 for further information.

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Toor Pekai Yousafzai spoke about her role as mother to daughter Malala

Toor Pekai Yousafazi
Wednesday 10 May

REAL Centre Seminar Series, Easter Term 2017

REAL Centre Easter Seminars
Wednesday 10 May
We have a great line-up of seminars this term, hearing about the exciting research projects of REAL PhD students. Do come along to listen, share ideas and give feedback.

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A blog by REAL Centre members: Mobilizing the power of volunteers through citizen led assessments

Ladies doing research
Tuesday 2 May
The Global Partnership for Education has published 'Mobilizing the power of volunteers through citizen led assessments', a blog by REAL Centre members, Professor Pauline Rose and Dr Ricardo Sabates. Professor Rose and Dr Sabates write about their research in the areas of education and international development.

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REAL Centre evidence in International Development Committee’s report on Education

Faculty of Education News
Friday 28 April

Oral and written evidence from the REAL Centre has been drawn on by the UK International Development Committee (cross-party committee of MPs).

In a letter to the Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel MP, published yesterday in lieu of a final report due to the upcoming election, the Committee highlights the importance of increasing investment in education to ensure no one is left behind.

Professor Pauline Rose, on behalf of the REAL Centre, joined other expert witnesses during the Committee’s enquiry on education. Drawing on evidence from the REAL Centre’s work, she highlighted the critical issue of investing in early years education in order for disadvantaged children and young people to realise their potential in adulthood.

Professor Rose was quoted in the letter as saying,"the evidence is quite clear that an early childhood development programme makes a huge difference to their readiness to learn once they are in school and has greater benefits once they go through the system, particularly for the most marginalised ".

Drawing on the REAL Centre’s Teaching Effectively All Children research programme, Professor Rose was also cited as arguing that efforts should be on ensuring the most disadvantaged " have the best teachers, the most qualified teachers and teachers who have been given training in how to teach basic literacy and numeracy ". She also emphasised the need for teachers to be trained in inclusive teaching practices, to ensure they can deal with diverse groups of children in the classroom and ensure children are not left behind once they reach the classroom, including those with disabilities.

The IDC letter further highlighted the REAL Centre’s attention to focusing on the transition from primary to secondary school, where there are large numbers of dropouts and on the most marginalised children, particularly girls and those with disabilities. The REAL Centre is currently working with Camfed to assess Value for Money with an equity lens in its girls’ education programme in Tanzania, a programme which the Committee recognised as achieving unprecedented learning outcomes among the most marginalized girls.


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How educational research can better engage with policy making, both within the UK and international development.

Panel poster
Tuesday 4 April
In February the Faculty of Education invited speakers from government, academia and the third sector to discuss how educational research can better engage with policy making, both within the UK and international development.

The event, hosted in collaboration with Cambridge Public, was chaired by Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor of Education (1938) at the University of Cambridge. The invited speakers were:
Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development, and Director of the Research and Evidence Division.
Peter Sellen, Chief Economist at the Education Policy Institute.
Roy Head, CEO of Development Media International, an NGO using mass media to change health-related behaviours in the global South.
Professor Pauline Rose, Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, and Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development.

Watch a video of the event.

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Country-level theories of change: From Assessment to Action

boy learning
Tuesday 4 April
In the course of their work on the Hewlett Foundation-funded project, Country-level theories of change: from assessment to action, members of the REAL Centre Dr Ricardo Sabates, Dr Ben Alcott and Anum Sheikh attended the Fifth Annual General Meeting of the People Action for Learning (PAL) Network held in Xalapa, Mexico from the 10 - 16 March, 2017.

The PAL Network comprises of thirteen organisations from South Asia, Africa and Latin America conducting citizen-led assessments of learning outcomes. Centred around the theme Poder para la Gente (Power to the people), this annual meeting focused on strengthening the network and the work of its members by evaluating the issues and challenges facing them and discussing opportunities to move beyond assessment into conducting educational interventions.

The REAL Centre delegation had the opportunity to participate in plenary discussions and working group meetings, as well as interview delegations from 16 different countries for their ongoing research. They also conducted field visits to observe educational interventions in Naolinco, Tuxtlas, Chiconquiaco and Sihuapan.

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Job opening: Mapping education research in Africa

REAL Logo
Monday 3 April
Research on education in Sub-Saharan Africa by non- Sub-Saharan African institutions. Based on this, the postholder will provide an analysis of the scope of research in the region, and identify gaps for potential future research.

The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Pauline Rose.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant subject area; have excellent skills in research in particular analysis of literature; an ability to critically review reports and other documents, and to prepare drafts of reports emerging from this analysis to a high standard. A broad-based understanding of education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and an ability to read French are also desirable.

For full details of responsibilities of the post, and the person specification please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance. To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/13304. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

We hope to hold interviews during the week commencing 8 May 2017. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Pauline Rose (pmr43@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference JR11808 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. Closing date: 30 April 2017

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The Comparative and International Education Society’s 2017 conference

Conference image
Wednesday 29 March

The Comparative and International Education Society held it's 2017 conference, Problematizing Inequality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education, in Atlanta, USA, 5-9 March.

Dr Ben Alcott presented research from the REAL Centre, first in a panel session with members of ASER India on early childhood education opportunities in rural India, then by co-hosting a workshop on measuring education equity alongside members of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, FHI 360, and Oxford Policy Management.

In addition, Rachel Hinton, Leader of the Department for International Development's Education Research Team, presented work from the REAL Centre's Teaching Effectively All Children project as exemplary of the role that mixed methods projects can play in advancing knowledge on how to improve learning opportunities for the most disadvantaged children.


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Lent Seminar: Arif Naveed, PhD student, REAL Centre - Intergenerational transmission of educational inequalities in rural Pakistan

Arif seminar poster
Monday 27 February
Seminar: Arif Naveed, PhD student, REAL Centre - Intergenerational transmission of educational inequalities in rural Pakistan.
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Arif Naveed, PhD student, REAL Centre.
Date: Tuesday 7 March
Location: Room GS1, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
Title: Intergenerational transmission of educational inequalities in rural Pakistan.
All welcome - please join us
12:00-13:00 - Presentation and Q & A
13:00-14:00 - Informal discussion (Bring your own lunch)

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/70752 for further information.

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Seminar: Lucy Lake, CEO, Camfed - Camfed's experience in positioning data to inform programming

Lent Seminar listing
Tuesday 14 February
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Lucy Lake, CEO, Camfed.

Date: Tuesday 21 February

Location: Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, GS1;

Title: Camfed's experience in positioning data to inform programming.

All welcome - please join us for the presentation and QandA from 13:00 to 14:30.

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/70751 for further information.

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"A girl without education is nothing in the world"

African girl walking to school through a field
Tuesday 14 February
In her feature article in this month's University of Cambridge Research Horizons magazine, Louise Walsh interviews Pauline Rose, Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre in the Faculty of Education, and Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed, to find out what works to keep the most marginalized children in school and learning, and how NGOs and researchers can help world leaders to meet the Global Goals.

We see girls education as the starting point to everything from tackling poverty and early mortality through to driving economic development it generates a multiplier effect like no other. (Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed)

The article looks at the challenges faced by adolescent girls like Catherine, Husna and Vumilia in Tanzania, and the importance of tackling the whole range of barriers girls from poor backgrounds face, including changing the conditions within which they learn.

Through analysis of Camfed quantitative and qualitative program data from Zimbabwe and Tanzania, the REAL Centre has already established how beneficial Camfed holistic support program is. But we also need to assess why, and how this can be replicated across an education system, says Professor Rose, whose teams research informs policy makers and international finance bodies, among others.

Read the feature article: "A girl without education is nothing in the world."

Photo: Camfed/P. Hayes

PEDAL Acting Director supporting PlayLabs in Bangladesh

BRAC group photo
Tuesday 7 February
Dr David Whitebread recently visited kindergardens in rural villages in Bangladesh, as a member of the Play Consortium of academic advisors established by BRAC (an NGO dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor).

Eighty 'Playlabs' have been set up in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania, funded by the LEGO Foundation, alongside training for playleaders.

David will be leading a research sub-committee working over the next 2-3 years to support the development of the PlayLabs and to conduct research to establish their effectiveness in providing high quality pre-school education. 

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Applications now open for the Sutton Trust Summer School in Education, Policy & International Development

The world map painted on open palms
Thursday 2 February
Are you passionate about tackling the most pressing educational challenges relating to global social justice? If so, why not try Education, Policy and International Development? Applications to the Sutton Trust Summer School are open now. For more information click here.

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Dr Marcos Delprato's seminar focussed on learning what keeps the most marginalized girls in school

Dr Marcos Delprato's seminar
Thursday 2 February
On 24 January, the REAL Centre began its seminar series with a talk from Dr Marcos Delprato on research, evidence, policy and practice in education and international development. He looked at Camfed's data, which has shown an unprecedented uplift in learning outcomes among the most marginalised girls.

More information about his seminar can be found here

Photo:Camfed/A Adams

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The Education Commission's #Learning Generation: Putting Evidence to Work presentation and discussion is available to watch online

Education Commission report
Thursday 2 February
On Friday 27 January the REAL Centre hosted a presentation and discussion on the Education Commission's #LearningGeneration: Putting Evidence to Work.

If you were unable to attend, the event is now available online by clicking here.

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Education access problem ‘is poverty' (Times Higher Education)

Girls playing
Monday 23 January
According to a study, which featured in the Times Higher Education, by Sonia Ilie and Pauline Rose, inequalities in access to higher education are far wider for poverty than those regarding gender.
'We need to keep on focusing on gender inequalities, but it is clear that the gaps in educational outcomes are far larger when you compare different income groups,' Dr Ilie told Times Higher Education.

The full article is available on the Times Higher Education website.

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The Education Commission: #LearningGeneration: Putting Evidence to Work

Learning Generation report
Monday 23 January
FRIDAY 27 JANUARY, 11:00am-12:30pm

The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) was set up in 2015 to reinvigorate the case for investing in education and ensure all children and young people have the opportunity to gain the skills they need for adulthood and work in the 21st century. Chaired by Gordon Brown, the Commission brings together an illustrious group of leaders including former heads of state and government, Nobel Laureates, leaders from business, economics, health, education and other sectors. In September 2016, The Commission launched a bold, evidence-based plan to create the Learning Generation. Drawing on the world's best research and policy analysis, the Learning Generation report sets out an agenda for action to get all young people into school and learning within a generation to create the largest expansion of educational opportunity in history.

Presentation from: Liesbet Steer, Director of Research of the Education Commission.

Discussants will respond to the key recommendations of the Learning Generation report:
Luis Benveniste, Practice Manager Education, Global Engagement and Knowledge, World Bank

Rachel Hinton, Head, Education and Research Team, Department for International Development

Olav Seim, Policy Director Education, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moderator: Pauline Rose, REAL Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ, Room GS5.

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Dr Marcos Delprato's seminar

Dr Marcos Delprato's seminar
Tuesday 17 January
Dr Marcos Delprato's seminar: Evidence from Camfed's multidimensional programme to support marginalised girls' education in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

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Universities must contribute to fighting inequality

University students graduating
Tuesday 17 January
REAL Centre PhD student, Arif Naveed writes, in the University World News, that there is substantial evidence indicating how mass expansion of higher education widens socio-economic inequalities, benefiting those who are already privileged, at least in the short term.

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Teaching in conflict zones

Hanan al Hroub
Tuesday 17 January
At a lecture organised by the University of Cambridge's REAL Centre, the winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize emphasised the importance of education in conflict zones.

"The role of education for refugee children is not only to teach them to read and write", said Hanan Al Hroub, "but also to help them deal with what they have experienced".

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Blog: BOLD - Reducing learning inequalities matters in closing health gaps

Dr Ricardo Sabates photo
Saturday 3 December
The Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD) has published 'Reducing learning inequalities matters in closing health gaps', a blog by REAL Centre member, Dr Ricardo Sabates.

Dr Sabates writes about his research in the areas of education and international development - both on the wider benefits of education and on the role of education in reducing inequalities.

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REAL Centre papers for the #LearningGeneration

Education Commission
Wednesday 30 November
REAL Centre research has contributed substantially to the #LearningGeneration of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity Report's message on promoting 'progressive universalism', namely the 'need to give greatest priority to those children most at risk of being excluded from learning so unequal opportunities in one generation do not lead to unequal outcomes for the next'.

You can now view our papers online (under the 'Inclusion' tab)

Overcoming Inequalities Within Countries to Achieve Global Convergence in Learning
Pauline Rose, Ricardo Sabates, Ben Alcott and Sonia Ilie

Targeted, Multidimensional Approaches to Overcome Inequalities in Secondary Education: Case Study of Camfed in Tanzania
Ben Alcott, Pauline Rose and Ricardo Sabates

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Education in Development Agenda of Pakistan

Ahsan Iqbal at REAL Centre seminar
Wednesday 30 November
Ahsan Iqbal, the Pakistani Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, visited the Faculty of Education and gave a talk at the Research for Equitable Assessment and Learning (REAL) Centre on Nov 21st, 2016. The title of his talk was 'Education in Development Agenda of Pakistan'. He told the audiences that the current regime inherited the instability caused by war-on-terror and poor economic performance as country has gradually transited out of military regime. As a result of coherent policies of the current government, Iqbal argued, the economy is becoming stable, tax-GDP ratio is increased by two percent, terrorism has slowed down and law and order situation in Karachi has been improved. He attributed his government's success in reviving economic development to effective planning as laid down under the Vision 20205 which has following key pillars:

- People first - investment in social and human development
- Sustained and inclusive growth
- Democratic governance and institutional reforms
- Ensuring security of food, water and energy
- Promoting entrepreneurship and private sector
- Developing a competitive knowledge economy through value addition
- Modernizing transport infrastructure and regional connectivity

Given the youth bulge, upcoming economic opportunities resulting from greater regional integration, and the emerging needs of economic growth, education is central to the development agenda of Pakistan. In order to achieve the goals of the Vision 2025, Iqbal highlighted the need for greater investment in higher education aimed both at improving access and quality. He explained his government's aim to establish a university campus in each district, creating a demand for 30,000 PhDs in the near future for teaching and research roles. Most of the need for human resources, added the minister will be met by the 'US-Pakistan knowledge corridor' under which 10,000 Pakistanis will be trained for PhDs in various disciplines in the next few years. He also talked about the initiatives taken to strengthen research at universities and the development of university-industry linkages.

Ahsan Iqbal highlighted that the provision of schooling is the responsibility of provinces after the 18th Constitutional Amendment. However, the Federal Government considers the need for greater coordination between the provinces in order to ensure a higher quality of education. The Federal Government particularly wants to help provinces to improve curricula, set up teachers' training facilities and strengthen learning assessments. Iqbal expressed interest in collaborating with the Faculty of Education particularly on teachers' training and improving learning assessment.

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Seminar: Dr Shailaja Fennell - Capability approach and relevance for understanding the provision & publicness of education

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Monday 28 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Dr Shailaja Fennell, Development Studies, University of Cambridge.
Date: Tues 29 Nov
Location: Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, GS1
Title: Capability approach and relevance for understanding the provision and publicness of education

All welcome - please join us for the presentation and QandA from 12:30 to 13:30 followed by an informal discussion from 13:30 to 14:00 (bring your lunch).

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/68540 for further information.

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Background Paper - Supporting primary and secondary education for refugees: the role of international financing

Malala Fund Background Paper cover
Wednesday 23 November
Asma Zubairi and Pauline Rose Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge have produced a background paper examining the current levels of international support for refugee education.

Commissioned by the Malala Fund, 'Supporting primary and secondary education for refugees: the role of international financing' has been released and is available to read online.

This paper presents how the disrupted education of many children who have been forced to flee conflict and other crises to neighboring countries has meant that their education lags far behind that of their non-refugee peers. It goes on to consider in more detail the experiences of five of the ten largest refugee-hosting countries in the world, and the extent to which children and adolescents have been able to access education, with a particular focus on girls. Lastly the paper considers current trends in international development and humanitarian finance in providing education to refugee children and adolescents in the context of conflict.

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Vacancy: RA for Country-level theories of change: from Citizen-led Assessment to Action

REAL Centre logo
Wednesday 23 November
We wish to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Associate to work part-time (0.6 fte) on a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on Country-level theories of change: from Citizen-led Assessment to Action.

The purpose of this study is to describe and document variations of the theory of change of the citizen-led assessments within specific country contexts, and to generate knowledge through case studies about how the citizen-led assessments of learning have motivated or contributed to ongoing efforts at making education service delivery more effective and responsive to people's needs in particular country contexts. The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Pauline Rose, Dr Ben Alcott and Dr Ricardo Sabates to carry out a review of literature around uses of theories of change; and interviews to gain further understandings into the role of theories of change for citizen led assessments of learning; and conduct case studies. The postholder will support the production of user-friendly synthesis reports as well as
academic papers, and will be producing and sharing materials to support the goals of the People's Action for Learning (PAL) Network.

Applicants must hold a BA 2:1 degree (for Research Assistant) or a PhD (for Research Associate) in a relevant subject, and have relevant qualitative research training and experience.  Ideally, you should also have a strong understanding of theory of change and some knowledge of citizen led assessments.  You should also demonstrate evidence of drafting reports, producing user-friendly summaries, and contributing to writing for publication.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post at the different levels please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 29 December 2017 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12232. This will take you to the role on the University's Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Pauline Rose (pmr43@cam.ac.uk)

Interviews will be held on either 16 or 19 December 2016.

Please quote reference JR10828 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 9 December 2016

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Roundtable on Teaching, Learning and Disadvantage in Lahore

TEACh Webpage
Tuesday 22 November
Professor Pauline Rose is in Lahore, Pakistan, for a policy dialogue with Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) on teaching, learning and disadvantage. The dialogue is part of our ongoing research project: Teaching Effectively All Children (TEACh), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and DfiD.

Policy dialogue: Teaching, Learning and Disadvantage
Date: Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
Venue: 19-A, FCC, Gulberg IV, Lahore
Timing: 9 AM - 2 PM (followed by lunch)

This dialogue will to gather and engage with stakeholders to understand ways in which research can inform education policy for improving learning for marginalised groups.

The objective of the dialogue is twofold:
1. Communicate emerging evidence on quality of teaching for raising learning outcomes for all children;
2. Learn from stakeholders on evidence available and further evidence needed:
a) Identify data available for understanding gaps in learning and effectiveness of teaching;
b) Identify how data on learning is being used to inform school, community and national level strategies on addressing disadvantage
c) Provide opportunities for policy makers and practitioners to raise questions in relation to these issues

Participants at the round table will include representatives of the department of education, teachers, donor organizations working in Pakistan, policy researchers, and representatives of NGOs working in the education delivery space.

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Seminar: Dr Ben Alcott, Early childhood education in rural India

Ben Alcott Seminar Poster
Tuesday 22 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Dr Ben Alcott, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Date: Tues 22 Nov (Today)
Location: Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, GS1
Title: Early childhood education in rural India: how do parents navigate an unregulated system, and what implications does this have for equity?

All welcome - please join us for the presentation and QandA from 12:00 to 13:00 followed by an informal discussion from 13:00 to 14:00 (bring your lunch).

See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/68539 for further information.

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REAL Centre seminar with Professor Ahsan Iqbal on Education in the Development Agenda of Pakistan

Poster for Professor Ahsan Iqbal event
Thursday 17 November
On Monday 21 November, you are welcome to attend a REAL Centre seminar with Professor Ahsan Iqbal on Education in the Development Agenda of Pakistan.

Professor Ahsan Iqbal is the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan. He has been appointed United Nations Development Programme's 'champion minister' from the Asia Pacific region in recognition of his efforts to promote the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Venue: Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, Room 2S7
Date and Time: Monday 21 November at 16:30

For more information, see talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/69219



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Lahore Policy Exchange: Making Quality Education Inclusive for all Children

cdpr logo
Thursday 17 November
On Friday 18 November in Lahore, Pakistan, the Consortium for Development Policy Research (cdpr) will host its next Lahore Policy Exchange: Making Quality Education Inclusive for all Children

Professor Pauline Rose will speak on 'Inclusive education around the world: Challenges and strategies' as part of this exchange.

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Seminar: Is the African School in the 21st Century still an enemy of the farm?

Dr Okiror Seminar Poster
Thursday 17 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Dr John James Okiror, a visiting CAPREx scholar from Makerere University in Uganda.

Date: Thurs 17 Nov, 16:15 (today)
Location: Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, GS1
Title: Is the African School in the 21st Century still an enemy of the farm?

Dr Okiror (Department of Extension and Innovation Studies, Makerere University, Uganda) will provide an overview of this study, supported by the Cambridge Africa Programme for Research Excellence (CAPREx) and Alborada Fund. This paper situates the agriculture subject within the African schools’ contexts and on the ongoing Curriculum, Assessment and Examination (CURASSE) reforms in Uganda. Based on the findings of the study, the research team have proposed recommendations for improving the teaching and learning of agriculture in Uganda.

All welcome.  See http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/69136 for further information.

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REAL Centre to host Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize Winner, Hanan Al Hroub

Global Teacher Prize winner event poster
Wednesday 9 November
On Thursday 1 December at 15:30,the REAL Centre will welcome this year's Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize winner, Hanan Al Hroub, to the University of Cambridge. 

Venue: Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall, Wollaston Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EW
For tickets and further information: global-teacher-prize-winner-at-real-centre.eventbrite.co.uk

15.30-16.30: Seminar
16.30-18.00: Refreshments

University of Cambridge Pro Vice Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, Professor Eilis Ferran, will open the event after which Hanan Al Hroub will speak about her work, notably with respect to teaching for peace. This will be followed by a panel discussion to include Philippa Lei, Director of Advocacy and Programmes at the Malala Fund, whose work champions education for adolescent girls in refugee settings, moderated by Pauline Rose, Director of the REAL Centre and Professor of International Education.

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Pauline Rose presents at All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All

Speakers at APPG Global Education for All
Wednesday 2 November
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Education for All convened a meeting on 1 November to discuss key messages from the Education Commission 'Learning Generation' Report. Chaired by Mark Williams MP, and with a focus on financing to leave no one behind, the event was opened by Lord Bates, Minister of State at the Department for International Development. Commissioner Dr Amel Karboul presented key highlights from the Report, with Alice Albright (CEO, Global Partnership for Education) identifying implications for the Global Partnership for Education. Based on background research by the REAL Centre for the Education Commission Report, Pauline Rose highlighted the importance of the Report's message on 'progressive universalism', presenting evidence to show the importance of redistributive tax and spending to achieve this. The event was closed by Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International UK, representing the Global Campaign for Education UK.

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REAL Centre contributes to the case for disability-responsive education financing

Classroom
Monday 24 October
The #CostingEquity Report launched at the UN General Assembly on October 2016 draws on insights emerging from the disability research being undertaken at the Centre.

Dr Nidhi Singal was part of the Steering Group appointed to work on this Report. The blog Loosening the purse strings: financing the education of children with disabilities in India  highlights some of the key issues in this field.

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REAL Centre Seminar: Professor Rachel Sabates-Wheeler, IDS

Seminar Poster
Thursday 13 October
Tuesday 18 Oct will be the first in the REAL Centre Michaelmas Term Seminar Series at 12:00 at the Faculty of Education, DMB 2S3.

Speaker:
Professor Rachel Sabates-Wheeler from the Institute of Development Studies
Title
: Graduating from Social Protection: the role of cash and conditions in protecting and strengthening the livelihoods of the most poor

All welcome - please join us for the presentation and Q&A from 12:00 to 13:00 followed by an informal discussion from 13:00 to 14:00 (bring your lunch).

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Nidhi Singal presents evidence on Inclusive Quality Education to Council of Europe

Council of Europe building
Thursday 6 October
The Council of Europe Ad hoc Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CAHPDH), comprising of government representatives from all 47 member States, invited Dr Nidhi Singal to present evidence on Inclusive Quality Education at their meeting in Strasbourg on 5th October. The Committee is currently holding discussions on the draft Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2017-2023.

In her presentation, Nidhi drew on insights from research programmes underway at the REAL centre, and set out a six point agenda for action towards developing inclusive equality education systems, underpinned by a focus on Rights, Resources and Research.

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BBC: UN says 69 million teachers needed for global school pledge

BBC News Report Image
Wednesday 5 October
A BBC news article reports on the UN estimate of the need for 69 million teachers to meet international pledges on education - identifying the biggest gaps in staffing in sub-Saharan African and southern Asia.

The article hightlights the '..acute pressure in sub-Saharan Africa, where countries would need to train another 17 million teachers to meet the demand.'

The article quotes Pauline Rose of the REAL Centre who explains the nature of the challenge as it relates to class size, a lack of secondary school graduates to fill the teaching void, and the need to understand regional shortages.

She is also quoted on the problem of low pay in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa where teachers are "paid below the poverty line, and so not surprisingly they take second jobs to compensate. This has an impact on the quality of their teaching".

Click on this link to read the full article.

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