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What does success mean to you? Pupil perceptions of success in the English education system

Educational success is an essentially contested concept, in that it will never be possible to arrive at a universal definition. This session reports on a participatory research project with secondary school pupils in England. The project used photo-voice projects and interviews to explore what success meant to these pupils as well as the factors that influence their perceptions of success in education.



Originally a physics teacher, Thomas stepped out of the classroom to study for an MSc in Comparative Education. He currently does research on assessment, equity and exclusion, both as a research assistant, as a freelance researcher and for his PhD. Although he is English, he has lived, worked and taught in Zambia and currently lives in Zimbabwe, where he is carrying out his PhD research.

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