Knowledge, Learning and Attainment

Date: 14th November 2019

Location: 83 Pall Mall, London

Please note this event is for Members only

This event will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm (registration from 10.00).

In line with OfS Guidance for Access & Participation Plans many HEIs are offering or developing interventions that set out to raise attainment. Running across the student lifecycle, from outreach to graduation, interventions reflect the importance of examination success for progression to higher education and graduate employment. While raising attainment is critical for widening participation, it is also one of the most challenging areas to address and evaluate.

This session provides opportunities to explore some of the key theoretical issues as well as considering how reflexive evaluation processes can support us in tackling inequalities in both access and student success. Professor Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University, will outline theories of knowledge and explain how ‘powerful knowledge’ can help us think about widening participation in higher education. Case studies on real raising attainment projects will follow combined with workshops activities focusing on reflexive evaluation.

Event Programme

Download the event programme here: Knowledge Learning Attainment Programme 14Nov2019


Article in the Guardian: Michael FD Young on how his attitude to teaching knowledge has changed

Ashwin, P., Abbas, A., & McLean, M. (2016). Conceptualising transformative undergraduate experiences: A phenomenographic exploration of students’ personal projects. British Educational Research Journal, 42(6), 962-977

Office for Students: Strategic Relationships with Schools and Raising Attainment

Office for Students: Raising Attainment In Schools & Colleges Topic Briefing

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Demonstrations Notice

The venue itself is in a secure building which does not have access to the general public. However, please be aware that it is in a central London location, close to Trafalgar Square and Parliament. Although we are not aware of any public protest events, demonstrations or marches scheduled for the event date, there is always the possibility of such activity on the streets nearby. Please therefore take this into consideration when planning your route to the event. We will update you by email to notify you of any planned public protests nearby and may, on very rare occasions, take the decision to cancel the event at short notice.