Monthly Archives: December 2012

Accountability: just what do we want to measure?

Chris Husbands Over the last 20 years, secondary school performance measures have had an enormous impact on schools’ behaviour, parental preference and, indeed, local house prices. Published in local and national league tables, they have been based on the proportion

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Reflections on London 2012: How Wiggins and Murray changed my toddler and my own thinking about legacy and educational research

Karen Edge This summer as London took center-stage for Olympic and Paralympic-related events, my family bucked the trend and stayed in London. As we broke our normal patterns in support of the seismic shift taking place in London, we worked

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Divided by a common language, united by common interests

Chris Husbands Some weeks are just hectic. Four North American cities in four days. In Washington, New York, Boston and Toronto I led seminars, worked with school and university leaders and talked to policy-makers. The cliché, of course, is that

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Before we compare mathematics, reading or science, here’s some geography

 Chris Husbands Two major studies of international attainment in education have been published: the four-yearly Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the five-yearly Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Both have been extensively reported and tell

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History for All? A response to the all-party history group

Katharine Burn Calling for history to 16 is a radical step, albeit one that was endorsed both by the Expert Review Panel which reported a year ago and by Professor David Cannadine, who took the trouble not merely to investigate

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