Which interventions have actually improved educational outcomes?
Evidence supports interventions focused on parental involvement in children's education to improve outcomes, rolling out and closely monitoring these.
There is strong interest in aspirations because it is assumed that raising them will increase educational achievement, as well as contribute to greater equity and the UK’s economic competitiveness. Low aspirations among young people and their families in disadvantaged areas are often thought to explain their poor education levels and jobs.
This Roundup asks if children's and parents' attitudes, aspirations and behaviours (AABs) for education really do affect attainment; and whether interventions focused on these can reduce the attainment gap. Summarising key messages from research in JRF's Education and Poverty programme, it found that: