Monthly Archives: October 2013

Exporting London Challenge is complex and challenging

 Chris Husbands London schools are among the best in the country. Many are, simply, amongst the best urban schools in the world. This was not true even half a generation ago. But the evidence on the success of London schools is

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Held back by history: England’s love of free markets keeps our school system divided and backward

Andy Green This month’s OECD Survey of Adult Skills revealed, yet again, the shockingly low levels of basic skills of many young people in England compared with their counterparts in other countries. Like the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), conducted

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Imagine there’s no GCSEs… It’s easy if you try

John White This month’s OECD report has linked the poor literacy and numeracy skills of our 16-24 olds, compared with those in other countries, with a lower level of social mobility. One factor in holding back social mobility has been

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Robbins: a 50th anniversary worth celebrating

Paul Temple This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Robbins report, or the 1963 Report of the Committee on Higher Education as it’s never called, and we’ll be marking it with a one-day conference at the Institute on 24

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Why learning stand-up comedy is no joke

Louise Stoll Have you heard the one about the professor who did a stand-up comedy course? Well, if you haven’t before, you have now. And if you’re thinking, “why would anyone in their right mind do that?” that’s just what

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