Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
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TAGS Education, education system, Lee Elliot Major, Evidence-based practice, teachers, UK government, state education systems, Sutton Trust
Sutton Trust’s Lee Elliott Major channels Bananarama with his education philosophy: “it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it”. He spoke to The Mandarin about building an evidence base and putting it into practice.
Lee Elliott Major
It may sound like common sense to say policy should be based on what we know actually works, but in reality it’s never that simple. There are all sorts of challenges, from doing the initial research to convincing often sceptical stakeholders to rolling out reforms and scaling them up.
Lee Elliot Major, CEO of England’s Sutton Trust, understands these issues all too well. The charity he runs was founded in 1997 to help improve social mobility through education. Calling itself both a think tank and a “do tank”, the trust has funded over 200 programs, commissioned more than 140 research studies and advocates for a more evidence-based approach to education policy.
Sutton is particularly focused on helping smart students from poor backgrounds reach the same kind of opportunities better off students have access to. After running for 18 years, there are now Sutton Trust beneficiaries running for parliament.
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David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.
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