Monthly Archives: November 2013

Yes, there is an alternative to England’s bewildering school system

Peter Mortimore I have been aware of problems in the education system for as long as I can remember. As a child growing up in the late 1940s, I was persecuted by the fear of failing the 11+. Both my elder

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Posted in International comparisons

Learning how to challenge violence against girls by confronting inequality

Jenny Parkes  Yesterday marked the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Around the world, campaigns aim to raise awareness at local, national and international level, broadcasting stark figures about the extent of violence faced by women and girls.

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Posted in International development

Minister, it will cost young people a lot of money to attend a high status university

John Jerrim Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Sutton Trust summit about access to “high status” universities. It was great to be able to engage with a number of leading experts in higher education and widening

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School leadership in China: party lines and personalised curriculum pathways

Toby Greany I lived in China for two years in the early ‘90s working in a teacher training university in Wuhan. I loved my time there, but life was challenging in many ways.  I would be surrounded by fascinated crowds

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Posted in International comparisons, Leadership and management

OECD Skills Survey: the adult learning perspective

Brian Creese & colleagues from NRDC (National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy, language and numeracy) The results of last month’s OECD Survey received considerable coverage in the UK media. However, despite it being a survey of adult skills, with

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