I Jake Anders


Jake is Associate Professor (Reader) and Deputy Director (Early Years, Schools, CREATE) in the UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO). He is also Academic Head of Research in the Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University College London.

Jake's research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of educational inequality and the evaluation of policies and programmes aiming to reduce it. He is always keen to hear about new research opportunities in the fields of education, training and skills; social mobility; and policy evaluation. For more information you can view his UCL Research Profile.

Jake is involved in research activities with academics across the IOE, particularly in Quantitative Social Science, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, and LLAKES Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances. He is also an Adjunct Member of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Jake Anders

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Jake's current research projects include grants from UKRI Economic and Social Research Council, and evaluations of randomised controlled trials in schools funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. There's more information on a selection of these projects below.

Private Schools in the 21st Century

Private school pupils form a relatively small proportion of the pupil population, but their influence extends far more widely. British private schooling is quite unusual in international comparison, combining both very high fees and only a low level of public subsidy through tax reliefs. From earlier studies we know that private school alumni educated in the 20th century on average achieved well in public exams and had substantially greater success in the labour market, when compared with similar pupils who attended state schools. In the last 30 years, however, the private schools have changed enormously, as has the economy. School fees have risen by around three times in real terms. There have been no comprehensive studies, however, of changes in private school participation and of the value-added delivered by modernised private schooling in the 21st century. The aim of this project is to investigate two key related aspects of the role of private schools in Britain in the 21 st century: the choice of a private school, and the association of private schooling with educational outcomes and with subsequent labour market and broader outcomes in early adulthood.

This project is funded by UKRI Economic and Social Research Council.

Learning About Culture: Five randomised controlled trials of cultural learning interventinos

UCL Institute of Education and the Behavioural Insights Team working in partnership were selected by the EEF to run a large multi-trial evaluation of five cultural learning interventions in English primary schools. 8,500 children in 400 state schools with a significant proportion of pupil-premium eligible students will participate in trials of five cultural learning activities, starting in September 2018. These trials represent the biggest study of its kind ever undertaken and will provide much-needed insight into both what works and how it works. We are also working closely with the RSA on their broader work to contextualise effective cultural learning activities and improve the use of evidence in this area.

This project is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and more information is available from the RSA website and the five evaluation pages on the EEF website: The Craft of Writing, Power of Pictures, Young Journalist Academy, Speech Bubbles, and First Thing Music..


Jake regularly contributes to Masters-level modules run by both the Department of Learning and Leadership and the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education. Students should generally find resources for these on the relevant UCL Moodle site. He also regularly supervises Master's students completing dissertations as part of courses run by the Department of Learning and Leadership, and supervises doctoral students, including in partnership with UCL School of Public Policy and the Behavioural Insights Team as part of the UCL/BIT PhD Scholarship programme.

Masters Courses

Doctoral Students

  • Eliza Kozman (2020, expected), principal supervisor with Prof. Peter John, KCL. Thesis title: "Addressing barriers to university progression for white working-class boys".
  • Sylvan Häs (2021, expected), subsidiary supervisor with Prof. John Jerrim. Thesis title: TBA.

Former Doctoral Students

  • Bibi Groot (2018), subsidiary supervisor with Prof. Peter John, KCL. Thesis title: "Social support and academic success: field experiments in further education in England". Passed with no corrections.
  • Natasha Codiroli-McMaster (2018), maternity cover supervisor with Prof. Alice Sullivan and Dr. Lindsey Macmillan. Thesis title: "Stratification by field of study in Higher Education".

Curriculum Vitae

Previously, Jake has been a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, worked for the House of Commons Education Committee, and completed a PhD in Economics of Education at UCL under the supervision of Profs. Lorraine Dearden (UCL/IFS) and John Micklewright (UCL).

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