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REAL Centre PhD Seminar Series - 29th May, 13.00-14.00

REAL Centre Seminar 29 May
Wednesday 23 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for the next seminar in our Easter PhD student series:

Inclusive research with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities in England. Hannah Ware

Using Learner Identity to Explore Learning Trajectories for Students in Protracted Refugee Situations. Jonathan Birtwell


Date: Tuesday 29th May 2018

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

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00

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REAL Centre PhD Seminar Series - 22nd May, 13.00-14.00

REAL Centre Seminar 22 May
Monday 21 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for the next seminar in our Easter PhD student series:

Exploring effective pedagogy: A classroom ethnography of learning in the Dominican Republic. Sophia D'Angelo

Eudaimonia and Transition: Girls’ preparation to exit schooling in Karamoja, Uganda. Jacqueline Gallo


Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

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

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00

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REAL Centre PhD student Hiba Salem wins prestigious award.

Hiba Salem winning award
Wednesday 16 May
At the Said Foundation’s annual dinner in April, Rasha Said-Khawaja, Deputy Chair of the Foundation, announced that the winner of the Said Foundation’s Alumni Achievement Prize for 2018 was Hiba Salem from Syria.

The Said Foundation supported Hiba to study for an MPhil in Special Education at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with Distinction in 2015, having researched the experiences of Syrian refugee children in schools in Lebanon.

Read the full story here

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Real Centre hosted Pre-Global Disability Summit Workshop

group photo of all worskshop participants
Wednesday 9 May

The ‘Pre-Global Disability Summit Workshop on Inclusive Education’(26th-27th April 2018) brought together 35 individuals from key bi- and multi-lateral agencies including World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO-IIEPP, International Non-Government organisations including Sightsavers, Light for the World, Humanity and Inclusion and Disabled People’s Organisations including United Disabled Persons of Kenya to work together to help inform discussions that will take place at the first the Global Disability Summit to be held in July 2018.

The Summit will be co-hosted by the Department for International Development (DFID, UK) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA). It will bring together global leaders, civil society and the private sector to tackle barriers that prevent people living with disabilities from reaching their full potential. The workshop was funded by the Impact Initiative for International Development and an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, awarded to Dr Nidhi Singal, Reader in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.


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Special seminar by Salman Asim, Education Global Practice, Africa Region, World Bank

Salman Asim seminar
Tuesday 8 May
The REAL Centre is delighted to be hosting a special seminar by Salman Asim (Education Global Practice, Africa Region, World Bank.)

Title: Ongoing World Bank research to improve Quality of Public Primary Schools in Malawi.

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2018

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

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00

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Saffron Walden Walk 2018

Mphil Saffron Walden Walk
Tuesday 8 May
MPhil students in Education, Globalisation and International Development joined Dr Ricardo Sabates on the "Saffron Walden Walk" on Saturday 5th of May. The walk started at Audley End train station, then to Audley End House, into Saffron Walden Town and finished at the Saffron Walden Common. It was a good time to share together, and great weather!

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REAL Centre PhD Seminar Series - 15th May, 13.00-14.00

REAL Centre seminar 15th May
Tuesday 1 May
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for the next seminar in our Easter PhD student series:

A social-cognitive perspective of self-efficacy and educational technology in the Caribbean. Kalifa Damani

and

System determinants of teacher effectiveness for ‘learning to live together ‘ in Indian contexts. Jwalin Patel


Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018

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

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00

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Dr Ricardo Sabates attended a meeting organised by the MasterCard Foundation in Toronto

Dr Ricardo Sabates
Tuesday 1 May
Dr Ricardo Sabates attended a meeting organised by the MasterCard Foundation (MCF) on the 26 and 27th of April in Toronto. The aim is the meeting was to provide feedback to the MCF on aspects of programme monitoring, real-time learning, understanding impact, knowledge mobilisation and the governance of MCF learning partners.

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REAL Centre PhD Student Seminar - 24th April 2018

24 April Seminar
Monday 23 April
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for the first seminar in our Easter PhD student series:

Exploring Anishinaabe conceptions of disability in Canada. Carly Beth Christensen
and
NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa: a discussion of funding and impact. Joseph Watson


Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018

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

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00

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Some of the highlights from the CIES Conference 2018

REAL members at CIES 2018
Tuesday 17 April
Members of the REAL Centre took part in a  wide range of paper presentations, panel discussions and book launches at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) annual conference in Mexico City this year, which focused on Re-Mapping Global Education. 

Some of the news stories from the conference can be read on the REAL Centre's events page.

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REAL Centre Members at CIES Conference 2018

CIES Poster 2018
Wednesday 14 March
Members of the REAL Centre will be taking part in a wide range of paper presentations, panel discussions and book launches at this year's CIE Conference which focuses on Re-Mapping Global Education. Full details of their programme can be found here.

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Livestream of REAL Centre Conference

EVENT POSTER
Tuesday 6 March
The REAL Centre conference will be live streamed on the REAL Centre Events page. You can also connect on social media during the day on #REALConf.

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Blog from REAL Centre member Arathi Sriprakesh: Let’s talk about racism in education and international development.

Arathi panel
Tuesday 27 February
This blog post was written by Arathi Sriprakash, REAL Centre member and Sociologist of Education at the University of Cambridge. It is a reflection on discussions that took place at a seminar on “Questions of Race in Education and International Development” which she convened with Leon Tikly (University of Bristol) and Sharon Walker (University of Cambridge). The event was funded by the British Association of International and Comparative Education and the British Academy. A pdf of the blog can be read here.

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Research Assistant Opportunity

Bosch mapping project
Monday 26 February
Exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in education and research in sub-Saharan Africa to work as a Research Assistant with Pauline Rose and Rafael Mitchell at the REAL Centre. Closing date: 29th March 2018.

For a full job description visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16762/

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REAL Centre Seminar Series: The potential of the non-state sector: What can be learnt from the PEAS example?

REAL Centre Lent seminar - PEAS
Monday 19 February
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for the next seminar in the Lent series.


Libby Hills, Head of Education & Rachel Linn, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, PEAS

Date: Tuesday 20 February 2018 

Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 

All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00 

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REAL Centre Seminar Lent Term How could education systems research prompt a change to how DIFD works on Education?

Laura Savage Seminar
Monday 12 February
REAL Centre Seminar Lent Term 



Tuesday 13 February 2018

13.00-14.00


Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building

Room GS5

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Emma Carter travelled to Ghana for the Compulsory Basic Education (CBE) Tracer Study.

Children in a classroom
Wednesday 31 January
Emma Carter travelled to Ghana in preparation for the Compulsory Basic Education (CBE) Tracer Study. This project examines learners’ educational trajectories, attitudes, work and family transitions following the programme’s inception in 2013.

This trip involved piloting the child and household surveys that will constitute the key instruments for data collection. The fieldwork received considerable support from School for Life, one of CBE’s most active implementing partners and was focused in the community of Bogunayili Tingli, in the Kumbungu district of northern Ghana. Encouraging results were achieved from this pilot study; all 25 students from the 2013/2014 academic year were able to be traced with 84% still attending school at either Junior or Senior High School levels.

These preliminary results indicate the significant impact that CBE is having within Ghana and have exceeded initial expectations regarding the educational outcomes of its graduates. 


We would like to thank IMC Worldwide, the University of Sussex, RTI, JEAVCO Associates, PAB Development Consultants, School for Life and the community of Bogunayili Tingli for supporting this research and facilitating the tracing of students and their families. 

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REAL Centre Seminar Series, Lent term 2018: Dr Paul Lynch

Lent seminar Dr Paul Lynch
Wednesday 31 January
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Dr Paul Lynch, University of Birmingham, School of Education

Date: Tuesday 6 February 2018 

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


All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00 

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New paper on cost-effectiveness with equity.

Pauline Rose Yidan panel
Wednesday 31 January
Pauline Rose presented a new REAL policy paper analysing the cost-effectiveness of Camfed's pioneering programme aimed at marginalised girls in Tanzania. Using innovative methods, the impact of the programme is found to be equivalent to an extra 2 years of schooling per $100 spent.

The panel, moderated by BBC education correspondent, Sean Coughlan, together with Lucky Lake, CEO of Camfed and Sinkiwe Makove, highlighted the importance for recognising the higher costs of reaching the most marginalised while identifying this can also result in greater impact.

Read the paper here, co-authored by Ricardo Sabates, Pauline Rose, Marcos Delprato, Ben Alcott with the support of Monazza Aslam and Shenila Rawal. 

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REAL Centre team attended the release of the ASER 2017 report

ASER report 2017
Tuesday 23 January
Professor Pauline Rose, Dr Ricardo Sabates and Dr Ben Alcott attended the release of the ASER 2017 report on the 16th of Jauary 2018 in Delhi, India. The report entitled "Beyond Basics: A survey on rural Indian youth" focuses on educational opportunities, learning, awareness and exposure to media and technology and the aspirations of a sample of around 30,000 young people from 24 states in India

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Celebrating the work of Professor Christopher Colclough. One day conference:9th March 2018

REAL Centre conference 2018
Thursday 18 January

A one-day conference celebrating the work of Professor Christopher Colcloughwill take place at the University of Cambridge on 9 March. You can find futher information about the event and sign up on Eventbrite.


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REAL Centre Seminar Series. Lent Term 2018

REAL Centre Lent seminars
Thursday 18 January
We have a full schedule of seminars the term. A full schedule of the  REAL Centre seminars for the Lent term 2018 is now available. 

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REAL Centre Seminar Series, Lent Term: Panel discussion led by Mastercard Foundation.

Mastercard foundation panel
Wednesday 17 January
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a panel discussion with:
Gemma Wilson-Clark, UNICEF
Olav Seim, NORAD
Samuel Yalew Adela, Mastercard Foundation
Luke Justice, Gates Foundation
Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Location: Room GS5, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 


All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00 



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What does the African Education Research Database tell us about research in West Africa?

Map of Africa with results
Monday 4 December
A new blog written by REAL Centre members Dr Rafael Mitchell and Professor Pauline Rose focusses on the AREB Conference in Burkina Fasso. 

This conference, supported by the Agence Française de développement (AFD), involved education researchers from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal, was a valuable opportunity to learn more about education research in the sub-region and to add more studies to the African Education Research Database, which is being developed.

The blog also reports on emerging findings from a project being undertaken by the REAL Centre in partnership with Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA). As part of the project we are cataloguing, reviewing and synthesising education research conducted by researchers and institutions in Africa. This will lead to an open access database of policy- and practice-relevant evidence which will appear online in 2018.

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World Innovation Summit For Education - Nidhi Singal and Hannah Ware present report

Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities report
Tuesday 28 November
Members of the REAL Centre, Nidhi Singal and Hannah Ware, presented their report, "Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities" at the World Innovation Summit For Education in Doha. 


Findings of the report were covered Hindustan Times (a national newspaper in India) and Schools Week (a leading British education newspaper). The Report was also featured on the University of Cambridge's website.

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Supporting learner diversity in government schools in Pakistan

Girls learning in Pakistan
Tuesday 28 November
A blog was written by Matt Somerville, former REAL Centre member and now a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education. Matt formed part of the TEACh team, who presented at UKFIET 2017.

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Five day workshop on Inclusive Education and Disability, Haryana

Doha workshop
Monday 27 November
In partnership with the Central University of Haryana Dr Nidhi Singal conducted a five day national workshop (30th Oct -3rd of Nov) on Critical perspective in Inclusive Education and Disability. Forty participants from across seven different universities in India attended the programme. The workshop was extensively covered in the Regional newspapers.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series: Professor Anna Robinson-Pant

Seminar poster for Professor Anna Robinson-Pant
Wednesday 22 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor Anna Robinson-Pant

Date: Tuesday 28 November

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

Title: Women, literacy and health: exploring assumptions, approaches and practices.

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93496 for more information

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REAL Centre informs cross-party report calling for “significant spending” on early-years education

REAL Centre Logo
Wednesday 22 November
Evidence provided by the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre informs the findings of a cross-party report calling for “significant spending” on early-years education

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RISE Launch Event in Addis Ababa, October 2017

RISE Launch Event
Tuesday 21 November
A recent blog by Prof Tassew Woldehanna & Louise Yorke discusses the launch event in Ethiopia on 26th October 2017. The event focused on the need for alignment in Ethiopia's Education System Reform Programme.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2017 Hiba Salem & Ray Tangonyire

Hiba Salem & Ray Tangonyire Seminar details
Thursday 16 November
REAL Centre Seminar Series:
Hiba Salem & Ray Tangonyire

The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Hiba Salem & Ray Tangonyire, REAL Centre PhD students

Date: Tuesday 21 November

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

Title: Hiba Salem: Exploring Student Voice & Wellbeing with Syrian Refugee Students in Jordan
Ray Tangonyire: Exploring the Incorporation of the Leadership for Learning Principles in Ghana

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93490 for more information

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REAL Centre Seminar Series - Dr Paul Atherton

Dr Paul Atherton
Thursday 9 November
REAL Centre Seminar Series: Dr Paul Atherton

The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Dr Paul Atherton, REAL Centre Visiting Scholar.

Date: Tuesday 14 November

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

Title: Great Expectations - education policy reform, past and present.

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93484 for more information

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The missing voice of teachers: evidence from Pakistan

Girls sitting a circle
Monday 6 November
A blog written by Fizza Raza is part of the TEACh project.

Fizza has done her Masters in Population and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is now working as research associate for the education cluster at a Lahore-based policy think tank called the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives. For the 2017 UKFIET conference, 23 individuals were provided with bursaries to assist them to participate and present at the conference. The researchers were asked to write a short piece about their experience. 

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REAL Centre Seminar Series - Professor David Hulme

Talk by Professor David Hulme
Wednesday 1 November
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor David Hulme, University of Manchester.

Date: Tuesday 7 November

Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Converging Divergence ? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development.

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93478 for more information

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School choice in England–who chooses where and why?

Real Centre Logo
Wednesday 1 November
Professor Simon Burgess, Ellen Greaves and REAL Centre member Professor Anna Vignoles have written an insightful blog into school choices. 

On the deadline for secondary state-school choices, they summarise their new findings about the choices that parents make. They look at how the number of choices parents make in different areas of the country varies, who is successful in getting their first choice school and which parents tend to just choose their closest school. They also discuss the incentives and constraints parents face when making these difficult choices. These new findings are discussed in full in their working paper.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series Professor Elaine Unterhalter

Professor Elaine Unterhalter seminar
Thursday 19 October
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor Elaine Unterhalter, University College London, Institute of Education.   

Date: Tuesday 31 October

Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 


All welcome - please join us 13:00-14:00 

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93472 for more information

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REAL Centre Seminar Series: Professor Nora Groce

Nora Groce Seminar
Tuesday 10 October
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Professor Nora Groce from Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London.          

Date: Tuesday 10 October


Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ 


All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00 

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/93469 for more information

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REAL Centre Seminar Series: Sachin Gathani, Laterite, Rwanda

Sachin Gathani seminar
Wednesday 4 October
The REAL Centre welcomes you to join us for a seminar with Sachin Gathani from Laterite, Rwanda.

Date: Tuesday 10 October Location: Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PQ

Title: Innovative Methods for Education Research on Dropout and Repetition in Rwanda.

All welcome - please join us 12:00-13:00

See https://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/85621 for further information.

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REAL Centre Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term 2017

REAL Centre Seminars
Wednesday 4 October
The REAL Centre has a full programme of Tuesday Seminars this term. For full details please click here.

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