The gender ‘gap’ in attainment: Dr Val Corry


In May 2018 Dr Corry, School of Education, University of Glasgow, presented a seminar to some of the staff and students of the School of Education. The presentation is available here: ‘The gender gap in attainment’

Val explored the findings of her doctoral research, which set out to find an explanation for the gendered gap in attainment. Her research is based on empirical evidence gathered from case studies carried out in three Scottish secondary schools. She also draws from the policy context as well as key studies commissioned by Scottish Government and other governments (notably, UK, Wales and Australia). Val explored the application of her findings to policy, and practice related to gender in schools, to effect change and improvement in education.

Val’s paper The gender ‘gap’ in attainment: the Scottish policy perspective, published

in Scottish Educational Review can be accessed at

Val’s thesis Academically able boys’ perceptions of their learning: a grounded theory analysis is also available online:




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The Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) is part of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (ROC) at the University of Glasgow.

It works in collaboration with schools, local authorities, Education Scotland and partner services to tackle the poverty-related attainment gap in young people’s education.

NSEE helps schools to use appropriate evidence and data within collaborative working approaches to critically examine context and current arrangements, make changes based on evidence, monitor the impact of these changes and reflect on what they learn.

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