Monthly Archives: January 2015

Select Committee Academies report: a clear-headed action plan for a new Secretary of State

Toby Greany Back in 2006-07 I acted as special advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee for an enquiry on Building Schools for the Future. Labour’s Barry Sheerman MP was the committee’s longstanding chair back then and it

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Posted in Education policy, Schools

Politicians should be held accountable when their pet experiments fail

Frank Coffield The closure of a third ‘free’ school, this time in Durham, raises some very serious issues for our whole education system and for our democracy. The coalition government invested £900,000 of taxpayers’ money in the Durham free school

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English and maths skills: do England’s young people catch up once they’re in the workplace?

Brian Creese, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) I have lamented here before that while the OECD’s comparative assessment of 15-year-olds (PISA) is deemed sufficiently important to cause entire shifts in a country’s education policies, the adult

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons

A caricature of character education? Morgan needs a broader vision

John White The Department for Education has just invited schools and other bodies to bid for money to support projects in character education. Since her appointment last July, Nicky Morgan has shown an especial interest in this area. In a

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Looking and listening in Shanghai: what’s beneath the headlines and slogans?

Chris Husbands sends a China diary The trick of optical illusions is that we see what we want to see. Our preconceptions and our prejudices shape the way we process what we observe. As a result, there is nothing, perhaps,

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