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      Raised aspirations and attainment? A review of the impact of Aimhigher (2004–2011) on widening participation in higher education in England

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            Aimhigher was discontinued on 31 July 2011. This paper reviews the literature analysing its contribution to widening participation to higher education in the UK. Successes of Aimhigher are considered alongside its challenges; particularly the necessity to situate policy within the diverse demands of 42 areas covering England. These issues are considered in the context of wider contemporary debates concerning the quality of research into widening participation and instruments used to evaluate policy. Four strands of literature are identified and analysed: Aimhigher's impact and evaluation, its effectiveness in targeting beneficiaries, the progression and tracking of students and policy.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 March 2012
            : 10
            : 1
            : 75-88
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            1474-8460(20120301)10:1L.75;1- s6.phd /ioep/clre/2012/00000010/00000001/art00006
            10.1080/14748460.2012.659060
            d0debc12-1a30-42b1-9778-8a55879d8cf0
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            CAUSE AND EFFECT,POLICY THEORY,PERFORMATIVITY,EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE,IMPACT,RESEARCH 'NEW ORTHODOXY'

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