Monthly Archives: March 2013

Does ‘the gap’ matter to children eligible for free school meals?

Rebecca Allen David Laws, the Liberal Democrat Minister for Schools, has been making a series of speeches over the past month about “closing the gap” in the attainment between pupils from deprived and more affluent backgrounds. Yesterday, he warned that schools

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Risky business: Should headship in challenging schools come with a career warning?

Karen Edge The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) hosted their annual conference in London at the weekend. General Secretary Brian Lightman’s address has set the Internet abuzz with articles, tweets, retweets and blogs. Hundreds of individuals and media

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Evidence-based practice: why number-crunching tells only part of the story

Rebecca Allen As a quantitative researcher in education I am delighted that Ben Goldacre – whose report  Building Evidence into Education was published today – has lent his very public voice to the call for greater use of randomised controlled

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International Women’s Day: the gender gap shortchanges us all

Heidi Safia Mirza Today is International Women’s Day 2013, 18 years since the 1995 UN Beijing World Conference on Women that declared “women’s rights are human rights”. But we still have a long way to go in securing women’s global

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Ageing in a digital world: the opera

Andrea Creech Something very special has been happening in the depths of the East Sussex countryside. Today, tomorrow and Saturday (March 7-9 2013) music-lovers will be arriving at Glyndebourne to see the world premiere of a brand new opera by Orlando

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