Grants, Prizes and Applications

Small Grants

Headline: SES 2020 Anniversary Awards Small Grants Scheme

The Society for Educational Studies are delighted to announce the launch of the 2020 Anniversary Awards marking the sesquicentenary of the Elementary Education Act of 1870 in 2020, to support new research on educational reform legislation in a changing society. The Society for Educational Studies invites bids from researchers interested in making an original contribution to knowledge in the field of educational studies. Applicants applying for these grants must be affiliated with a British university, college or school and will be asked to become members of the SES if they are not already members. (Membership fee for 2018 is £30).

The maximum grant available for those applying for a 2020 Anniversary Award is £10,000 over one year. A maximum of six grants will be funded, depending on the quality of the applications.

Details of how to apply can be found here or by emailing SES Administrator Aidan Thompson

The application for to complete can be found here

Closing date for applications for the 2020 Anniversary Awards is 17.00 hours on Friday 31st August 2018.

Final reports

Back to top

National Awards

SES 2015 National Award Research Report Published

Prof. Peter Twining and colleagues at the Open University have published the final report from their NP3 New Purposes, New Practices, New Pedagogy research project. The project explored the digital practices that children engage with outside school and the extent to which these are recognised, valued and influencing teachers’ pedagogy inside primary schools. The two-year project involved more than 100 pupils, 60 teachers, and 13 schools, and highlights a number of key findings related to the underlying research questions, and proposes some key recommendations for parents, schools, and policy makers to consider. The full report is available here, with the Executive Summary available here.


2013 marked the twentieth anniversary of the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence. In the years that followed, many public services were challenged to address 'institutional racism'. While the majority of the recommendations of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, set out by Sir William Macpherson and his advisors, focused on eliminating racial prejudice and disadvantage in the criminal justice system, several recommendations focused specifically on education. The education system was required to address the problems of racism 'both real and potential' and to take action to prevent its growth.

The Society for Educational Studies was delighted to make the 2013 National Award to Prof. David Gillborn and his team at the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE), at the University of Birmingham. Their project, ‘Race, Racism and Education: inequality, resilience and reform in policy & practice’, took place between 2013 and 2015, and explored the educational legacy of the campaign for racial justice and equity following the murder of Stephen Lawrence. In particular, the project focused on the twenty year span 1993 – 2013 and sought to document how much has changed in relation to race equality and schooling in England.

View an online version of the final report (pdf)


The Society for Educational Studies is delighted to announce that the SES National Award 2011 of £200,000 has been made to Professor Gary McCulloch, Professor Gemma Moss and Dr. James Thomas of the Institute of Education, University of London for their project 'The Social Organisation Of Educational Studies: Past, Present and Future'. The project will run for the next two years. The project will map the changing discourses and knowledge structures of educational studies across the United Kingdom in relation to the State, research and education to establish the social organisation of the field as a whole, not solely in terms of ideas but in relation to social and political changes since the establishment of the Standing Conference on Studies in Education (SCSE) in 1951. The SCSE became the Society for Educational Studies in 2000.

Back to top

Annual Book Prizes

Publishers who have nominated books in recent years include Continuum, Dunedin, Open University, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Sage, Trentham and Wiley Blackwell.

Book Prizes Committee

  • Prof. Andrew Peterson, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Chris Philpott, University of Greenwich
  • Dr. Helen Hanna, Leeds Trinity University
  • Dr. Emma Williams, University of Warwick

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of research and/or scholarship
  • Originality of analysis and argument
  • Theory/practice relation
  • Quality and accessibility of writing

Book Prize 2018

Book Prize 2018

The Society is delighted to announce the following Book Prizes have been awarded for the best education books published in 2017:

1st Prize (£2,000)
Factories for learning: Making race, class and inequality in the neoliberal academy
Kulz, C. (2017) Manchester University Press

2nd Prize (£1,000)
Class Choreographies: elite schools and globalization
Kenway, J., Fahey, J., Epstein, D., Koh, A., McCarthy, C. & Rizvi, F. (2017) Palgrave Macmillan

Book Prize 2017

The Society is delighted to announce the following Book Prizes have been awarded for the best education books published in 2016:

1st prize (£2000)
Understanding the University: Institution, idea, possibilities
Barnett, R. (2016) Routledge

Joint 2nd prize (£1000 each)
Higher Education, Social Class and Social Mobility: The Degree Generation
Bathmaker, A-M., Ingram, N., Abrahams, J., Hoare, A., Waller, R. and Bradley, H. (2016) Palgrave Macmillan

Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education
Wilkins, A. (2016) Routledge

Awarded 2016

The Society is delighted to announce the following Book Prizes have been awarded for the best education books published in 2015:

1st prize (£2000)
Kristjánsson, K. (2015) Aristotelian Character Education.Routledge

2nd prize (£1000)
Rollock, N., Gillborn, D., Vincent, C. & Ball, S.J. (2015) The Colour of Class: The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes. Routledge

Highly commended: (£500)
Miah, S. (2015) Muslims, Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation. Palgrave Macmillan

Highly commended: (£500)
Ward, M. (2015) From Labouring to Learning: Working Class Masculinities, Education and De-Industrialisation. Palgrave Macmillan

Awarded 2015

1st prize (£2000)
Siraj, I. and Mayo, A. (2014) Social Class and Educational Inequality: The impact of parents and schools CUP

2nd prize (£1000)
Gearon, L. (2014) On Holy Ground: The Theory and Practice of Religious Education Routledge

Highly commended: (£500)
Allen, A. (2014) Benign Violence: Education in and beyond the age of reason Palgrave Macmillan

Awarded 2014

1st prize (£2000)
Furlong, J. (2013) Education – An Anatomy of the Discipline. Routledge.

2nd prize – Joint Winners (£1000 each)
Ball, S.J., Maguire, M. and Braun, A. (2013) How Schools Do Policy: Policy Enactments in Secondary Schools. Routledge.
Conroy, J. et al (2013) Does Religious Education Work? Bloomsbury.

Awarded 2013

1st Prize (£2000)
Francis, B., Skelton, C., Read, B. (2012) Identities and Practices of High Achieving Pupils. Continuum.

2nd prize (£1000)
artley, D. (2012) Education and the Culture of Consumption.Routledge.

Highly commended (£500)
Cooper, B., Glaesser, J., Gomm, R. and Hammersley, M. (2012) Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide. Continuum.
Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Goldrick, S. and West, M. (2012) Developing Equitable Education Systems. Routledge.

Awarded 2012

1st Prize (£2000)
Radical Education and the Common School
Michael Fielding and Peter Moss have produced a powerful book that makes a case for us to think carefully about the current educational context which seems strongly influenced by markets and managerialism. A democratic person centred education for all is proposed. Stephen Ball declares the book to 'necessary … particularly now! It is human and hopeful but at the same time realistic and challenging'.

2nd prize (£1000)
The Invention of the Secondary Curriculum
John White tells with characteristic intelligence and insight the story of the development of the traditional secondary curriculum from 1550 to the present day. Distinctions are made between the knowledge and educational functions of a curriculum and there is a call for a clear identification of aims. It is vital to have this book when so much curriculum planning is so complex and contested. A radical alternative to traditional thinking is sketched.

Highly commended (£500)
Beyond the school gates
Coleen Cummings, Alan Dyson and Liz Todd explore issues about whether schools can provide new services to students, families and communities in order to overcome the effects of disadvantage. The authors thoughtfully explore ideas and issues emerging from extensive international evaluations with illustrations of case studies.

Highly commended (£500)
White middle class identities and urban schooling
Diane Reay, Gill Crozier and David James have undertaken detailed fieldwork to examine members of middle class families who deliberately choose supposedly 'ordinary' and 'low performing' secondary schools. There are fascinating discussions about their motives and the experiences that result. They authors make important comments about middle class identity and its formation.

Awarded 2011

1st prize (£2000)
Children, their World, their Education
By Robin Alexander, Michael Armstrong, Julia Flutter, Linda Hargreaves, David Harrison, Wynne Harlen, Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, Ruth Kershner, John Macbeath, Berry Mayall, Stephanie Northen, Gillian Pugh, Colin Richards, David Utting.

2nd prize (£1000)
Education, Asylum and the 'Non-Citizen' Child.
By Halleli Pinson, Madeleine Arnot and Mano Candappa. Palgrave Macmillan

Highly commended (£ 500 each)
Improving what is learned at university.
By John Brennan, Robert Edmunds, Muir Houston, David Jary, Yann Lebeau, Michael Osborne, John T.E. Richardson. Routledge.

Equity in Education.
By Stephen Gorard and Emma Smith. Palgrave Macmilan.

Improving learning in later life.
By Alexandra Withnall. Routledge.

Back to top