Monthly Archives: June 2015

For literacy it pays to start early

Guest blogger: Jerome Finnegan. The Read On. Get On. coalition is working towards the ambitious goal of all children in England attaining a good level of reading by age 11, by 2025. Two new reports released by the campaign, for England

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Early years and primary futures

Dominic Wyse, Rosemary Davis, Phil Jones, Sue Rogers.  If asked to summarise the main features of current early years and primary education policy, a teacher might be forgiven for homing in on the following: over-reliance on synthetic phonics; continual performance

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Evidence-based policy

Twenty-seven years on from the national curriculum

Chris Husbands. Will the 2015 drive for curriculum entitlement succeed where 1988 and the national curriculum did not? We’ve been here before. A government re-elected; impatient to press on with education reform; concerned about the way schools respond to change;

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Posted in Chris Husbands, curriculum & assessment, Education policy, Schools

Introducing East Asian teaching methods into western schools: is it a good idea?

John Jerrim. About six months ago I released a paper discussing the reason for East Asian success in the OECD PISA survey of 15 year olds’ skills and knowledge in reading, mathematics and science, focussing largely upon the role of home background and

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Schools

A Bill of Rights for professional educators in FE and Skills

Frank Coffield. By using the term “professional educators”, we wish to include tutors, teachers, lecturers, assessors, curriculum developers, mentors, counsellors, career advisers, administrators, personal assistants, technical and support staff, vocational and academic specialists. In short, all the myriad types of

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Leadership and management