Social mobility mechanisms and consequences

Background

This project provides empirical evidence on curricula delivery variation in the UK and institutional differences through analysis of Next Steps and linked National Pupil Database data. This is part of our Cross Cohort Research Programme.

Research details

Project title

Social mobility mechanisms and consequences

Project lead

Alice Sullivan

Themes

Education

Social mobility

Dates

1 July 2015 – December 2018

Funder

ESRC

Summary

The school curriculum is increasingly varied both within and between schools. We are interested in the implications of this range of inequalities between pupils as they progress through the education system and beyond. The project has huge implications for policy-making with respect to the curricula, school differentiation and sources of influence for young people’s decision-making. Furthermore, it reinforces the importance of debate regarding sources of educational inequality and social mobility factors.

This project provides empirical evidence on curricula delivery variation in the UK and institutional differences through analysis of Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, LSYPE) and linked National Pupil Database data. The project will use a mixture of modelling to examine multiple types of individual inequalities, such as gender, ethnicity and class.

Researchers

Alice Sullivan Professor of Sociology and Principal Investigator of 1970 British Cohort Study

Phone: 020 7612 6661
Email: alice.sullivan@ucl.ac.uk

Alice leads the team responsible for developing the content, design and analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study.  Her research interests are focussed on social and educational inequalities and the intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage.

Jake Anders UCL Institute of Education

Morag Henderson Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Co-Investigator of Next Steps

Phone: 020 7911 5566
Email: morag.henderson@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Henderson’s main area of research is inequalities across the life course. More specifically she examines patterns in educational attainment, bullying and wellbeing.

Vanessa Moulton Research Associate

Phone: 020 7612 6288
Email: vanessa.moulton@ucl.ac.uk

Vanessa is currently working on the initial findings for the most recent age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. She also works on the CLS Cross-Cohort Research Program (CCRP) investigating social mobility, focusing on parental wealth on children’s development and school curriculum on educational transitions. In addition, Vanessa co-coordinates the CLS cohort workshops and webinars.

Her research interests include using longitudinal and secondary data analysis to examine early life course on children’s and adult mental health, educational and socio-economic outcomes.

George Ploubidis Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician

Phone: 020 7612 6107
Email: g.ploubidis@ucl.ac.uk

George is Professor of Population Health and Statistics at the Department of Social Science and currently holds the posts of Research Director and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Prior to joining UCL he held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge.

George is a multidisciplinary Quantitative Social Scientist with a primary interest in socio-economic, demographic and macrosocial/structural determinants of population health and the mechanisms that link these over the life course. He leads the Applied Statistical Methods programme at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and is PI on the ESRC funded Cross-Cohort Research Programme,investigating determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles and the intergenerational transmission of economic status over the life course.

Relevant studies

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk