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Senior Researcher

Closing date: 29 May 2024

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Website Centre for Social Justice

Established in 2004, the Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s acute social problems and aims to address them through recommending to government practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst multiple disadvantage and issues of injustice, every possible opportunity to reach their full potential. The majority of the CSJ’s policy work is organised around five pathways to poverty, first identified in our ground-breaking 2007 report, Breakthrough Britain. These are: educational failure; family breakdown; economic dependency and worklessness; addiction to drugs and alcohol; severe personal debt. In March 2013, the CSJ report It Happens Here, shone a light on the horrific reality of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. This report led to the passing of the Modern Slavery Act, which gained Royal Assent in March 2015.

The Centre for Social Justice is looking for an analytical individual with excellent research skills to drive an exciting new technical project examining the criteria for pupil premium allocation. Over the course of the project the successful candidate will create a technocratic tool that would be able to measure disadvantaged in more nuanced and holistic way, and an accompanying report setting out the need for the change and the detail of how this tool could work. Alongside, the successful candidate would set out and then pursue an extensive engagement strategy to hear from those working in the most disadvantaged communities, the education sector and those in Government and Parliament.

Although the project will look at education as a tool, it will also require wider thinking about how the Government accurately views disadvantage and poverty, seeing it as wider than just income, including factors such as family breakdown, parental imprisonment and caring responsibilities. To that end, previous experience of education policy is not essential. The ideal candidate will have to quickly understand the current approaches to quantifying disadvantage and be able to manipulate large data sets, interpret trends and present them in engaging ways.

To apply for this job please visit www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk.

Other benefits

  • Workplace pension scheme (employer contribution 3%)
  • 25 days holiday + statutory bank holidays + Christmas closure
  • Life Insurance, Private Healthcare and Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cyclescheme, Rent Deposit, Season Ticket and Employee loan schemes
  • Great team culture and working environment

How to apply

Please read the job description in full. If you feel you qualify for the role, please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@centreforsocialjustice.org.uk

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Job Details

Organisation: Centre for Social Justice

Location: Westminster

Salary: £30,000 - £40,000 (£31,000 - £45,000)

Closing date: 29 May 2024

Contract type: Fixed (1 year)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: No

About the Organisation

Established in 2004, the Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s acute social problems and aims to address them through recommending to government practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst multiple disadvantage and issues of injustice, every possible opportunity to reach their full potential. The majority of the CSJ’s policy work is organised around five pathways to poverty, first identified in our ground-breaking 2007 report, Breakthrough Britain. These are: educational failure; family breakdown; economic dependency and worklessness; addiction to drugs and alcohol; severe personal debt. In March 2013, the CSJ report It Happens Here, shone a light on the horrific reality of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. This report led to the passing of the Modern Slavery Act, which gained Royal Assent in March 2015.

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