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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 full report is available here, with the Executive Summary available here

2017 Oriel Colloquium

The Oriel Colloquium follows from a security and intelligence seminar convened at the British Academy in November 2015, a special issue on education, security and intelligence studies. and over 2016 a major multi-disciplinary and multi-institution seminar series on Education, Security and Intelligence Studies, including events hosted by the Oxford Intelligence Group (Nuffield College, Oxford), the Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall.

Keynote speakers at the Oriel Colloquium include: Professor Christopher Andrew (Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge, and official historian of MI5) and Professor Loch K. Johnson (Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, author or editor of thirty books on security and intelligence studies, including The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence).

The colloquium is now full, and we are unable to accept any further registrations. For queries, please contact SES Administrator Aidan Thompson via

Society Acknowledged in Research Paper at the Hague

Andrew Glazzard, Director of National Security and Resilience at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), has acknowledged the Society for Educational Studies in a research paper published by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). The paper, titled ‘Losing the Plot: Narrative, Counter-Narrative and Violent Extremism’, and builds upon the 2016 SES Seminar Series, where one of the seminars was held at RUSI. The paper is available in PDF form here.

City of Dreams A Musical to be Shown in UK Schools

The Society for Educational Studies are delighted that Century Films has put an arrangement in place with the BBC and Into Films for City of Dreams to be shown in UK Schools over the next two years. Into Films are also planning a number of free screenings to schools of the film in cinemas on and around World Music Day in June, this year.

2013 National Award - Report available

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)

City of Dreams wins award

Indian Cine Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary Award

The Society is delighted to announce that 'City of Dreams', the feature-length film version of 'Mumbai High', which was funded by the SES last year has won the Feature-length Documentary Film category at the 4th Indian Film Festival.

The award will be presented on 18 September 2016.

B is For Book

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From director Sam Benstead and Century Films, this film follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they learn to read, following each child as they take their first steps in to the world of the written word. Filmed in an ordinary British school, the programme features children from the great variety of backgrounds that make up today’s Britain. Some of them make a flying start with their reading; others struggle. Some have many books at home, others few. Some have parents who themselves have trouble reading, and others have a parent who doesn’t speak English. In such cases a child’s literacy can be vital for the family.

This film discovers the extraordinary power of literacy, beyond its educational importance. As the children learn to read it is as if the world around them is transformed. Through stories, they can be taken on a journey to discover far-flung places and meet a myriad of colourful characters. B Is For Book gives us privileged access to a profound process that all of us only ever do once in our lives.

The Society for Educational Studies are delighted to have been able to work with Century Films in part funding this film.

B is For Book appeared on BBC Four at 21:00 on 5th July 2016, and is available on BBC iPlayer

Society for Educational Studies Annual Seminar

Mumbai High: The Musical - Directors Interview

Mumbai High: The Musical

Mumbai High is a Century Films Ltd. creation, from BAFTA award winning director, Brian Hill funded by the Society for Educational Studies. This one-hour long musical documentary turns the spotlight on the hopes and dreams of teenagers attending a school in the sprawling Mumbai slum area of Dharavi.

Mumbai High will appear on BBC Four at 23.00 on 21st December 2015.

Journal Editor Receives Visiting Professorships

Professor Gary McCulloch

Professor Gary McCulloch visited several universities in China during April 2015, presented a number of talks and represented the Society and Journal during his visit. He was presented with visiting professorships at East China Normal University, Hunan First Normal University, and Jiangsu University.

Japan Symposiums

In July 2015, Society Chair and Secretary visited Japan and met with colleagues from the Japanese Educational Research Association in the Social Sciences (JERASS). The purpose of the meeting was to explore possibilities for developing links between the SES and JERASS.

Read the full report

National Award 2015

The Society for Educational Studies is delighted to announce that the 2015 National Award has been awarded to Professor Peter Twining and his team at the Open University.

Prof. Twining’s project, titled ‘NP3: New Practices - New Parameters - New Pedagogy’, focuses on the use and impact of mobile devices on innovative pedagogic practices, social justice, and pupils’ development of digital literacy within UK primary school communities.

Read more about the National Awards