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    My work examines language and inequality in schools, with a particular focus on how policies concerned with language are shaped by standard language and raciolinguistic ideologies.

    Grants in progress

    BERA BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant. 2021. Sounding right, sounding white: language, race and curriculum in secondary education

    EHU RIF. 2021. Transatlantic language policing: stigma and surveillance in UK and USA schools.

    United Kingdom Literacy Association. 2021. “You’ll never be as good as the white kids in their language”: Using children’s literature to explore, challenge and resist intersectional language discrimination. 

    Recent publications

    Cushing, I & Snell, J. (in press). The (white) ears of Ofsted: a raciolinguistic perspective on the listening practices of the schools inspectorate. Language in Society.

    Cushing, I & Carter, A. (2021). Using Young Adult fiction to interrogate raciolinguistic ideologies. Literacy. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/lit.12277

    Cushing, Georgiou, A & Karatsareas, P. (2021). Language policing in mainstream and complementary schools in the UK. Special issue of International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2021.1933894

    Cushing, I & Helks, M. (2021). Exploring primary and secondary students’ experiences of grammar teaching and testing in England. English in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/04250494.2021.1898282

    Cushing, I. (2021). Policy mechanisms of the standard language ideology in England’s education system. Journal of Language, Identity and Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2021.1877542

    Cushing, I. (2021). Language, discipline and ‘teaching like a champion’. British Educational Research Journal 47(1): 23-41. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3696

    Cushing, I. (2020). Grammar tests, de facto policy and pedagogical coercion in England’s primary schools. Language Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10993-020-09571-z

    Cushing, I. (2020). ‘Say it like the Queen’: the standard language ideology and language policy making in English primary schools. Language, Culture and Curriculum. https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2020.1840578

    Cushing, I. (2020). The policy and policing of language in schools. Language in Society 49(3): 425-450. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404519000848

    Cushing, I. (2020). Power, politics and language education policy mechanisms: a response to Hudson. Language in Society 49(3): 461-475. https://doi.org/10.1017/S004740452000038X


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education

    Education/Academic qualification

    Educational Linguistics, PhD, Aston University


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