Latest Research | Aspire

We believe in evidence-based practice and practice-led research.

Our ASPIRE framework was built on international research that shows the evidence for the kind of widening participation that works, why it is needed and what the barriers are that prevent the progression of students from low SES backgrounds to university. 

ASPIRE continues to be informed by the latest research and from the evaluations undertaken with our partner schools.

The following represents some of the major pieces of research that inform our work.
 

Year Authors Title Source Link
2016
Sammons, P., Toth, K., Sylva,K.
Believing in Better
The Sutton Trust/University of Oxford
2016
Burnheim, Catherine; Harvey, Andrew
Far from the studying crowd? Regional and rural Australians in higher education
2016
Widening gaps: what NAPLAN tells us about student progress
Grattan Institute
2015
Are Low SES Students Disadvantaged in the University Application Process?
Report submitted to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), Perth: Curtin University
2015
Sammons, P., Toth, K., Sylva,K.
Background to Success
University of Oxford Dept of Education/Sutton Trust
2015
Socioeconomic status and the career aspirations of Australian school students: Testing enduring assumptions.
The Australian Educational Researcher, 42(2). 155-177. DOI: 10.1007/s13384-015-0172-5
2015
Sammons, P., Toth, K., Sylva,K.
Subject to Background
University of Oxford Dept of Education
2014
Poverty in Australia 2014
Australian Council of Social Service
2014
Challenges for Australian Education, NSW DOE (2014) Rural and Remote Education: A blueprint for Action
2014
Intergenerational mobility: new evidence from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth
NCVER, Adelaide
2014
National strategy for access and student success in HE
BIS
2013
Polesel, J., Leahy, K., Dulhunty, M., & Gillis, S.
Expectations and Destinations of NSW senior High School Students
NSW Department of Education and Communities
2013
Moore J, Sanders J & Higham L
Literature review of research into widening participation
HEFCE/OFFA
2013
PISA 2012: how Australia measures up: the PISA assessment of students’ mathematical, scientific and reading literacy.
Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne
2013
Rural and remote education: A blueprint for Action
NSW Department of Education
2010
Does the SES of the school matter? An examination of socioeconomic status and student achievement using PISA 2003.
Teachers College Record, 112: 1137-1162
2010
Goodman, A. and Gregg, P.
Poorer children’s educational attainment: how important are attitudes and behaviour?
2008
Increasing higher education participation amongst disadvantaged young people and schools in poor communities
The Sutton Trust