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“Geographies of hope”: A visual reflection on parks, places of play and schools in Hackney, East London

Manal Massalha[1] “If it wasn’t for the park, my eight-year old son wouldn’t have had the chance to interact with other children from outside our community,” said Ruth, my neighbour and running buddy, who is ultra-orthodox and whose son attends a Jewish boys school.[2] I first met Ruth in a local community swimming pool when […]

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Over-representing Whiteness: On Educational Tactics

Niyousha Bastani In my research on the implementation of Prevent, a counter-extremism policy, at UK universities, I have questioned, what exactly do higher education institutions work to “secure,” and how? A policing mechanism that purports to prevent “radicalisation,” the implementation of Prevent in education institutions became a legal duty in 2015. At universities, its implementation […]

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For the Abolition of Academies (and other connected institutions)

Kirsty Morrin For the past eight years I have researched, written about and argued against academisation in English schooling. I have done ethnographic fieldwork in an academy with an ‘entrepreneurship specialism’, considered networks of elite actors investing in the Academies Programme, and looked at negotiations with and resistance to academisation. The focus of this post […]

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Sociology on the Syllabus: Interview with Alex Buckley

This is an interview with Alex Buckley, the founder of Sociology on the Syllabus. As you’ll become aware, the aim of Sociology on the Syllabus is to extend the teaching on sociology to groups including early secondary school-age pupils, in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (so to cover Key Stages 3 and 4 for anyone […]

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The sociology of school spaces and sounds – using ethnography and LEGO to understand how students experience wellbeing in the classroom

Alice Abrey The Curriculum for Wales outlines six key areas of learning and experience to be implemented in Welsh schools over the coming years. The Health & Wellbeing aim directly puts students’ wellbeing into the curriculum, but is it really as easy to teach wellbeing as it is Maths or Literacy? Research in a Welsh […]

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Introducing August’s theme: Sociology in Schools

This month we are thinking about getting sociological study into schools, with students at the helm.

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