Monthly Archives: January 2016

Workplace training is crucial in preventing another Mid Staffs, but we know little about what works

Karen Schucan Bird and Mark Newman.  The public inquiry into the breakdown of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust highlighted the important role of education and training in ensuring that similar failures were prevented in the future. It was one

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education

Class size does make a difference – but 30 is not a magic number

Peter Blatchford.  Here we go again. The arguments over class size are with us once more. Now there are worries about ‘supersized classes’ for young children in school, the result of pressure on school places and the current fragmented state

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Posted in Education policy, Research matters, Teachers and teaching assistants

How attractive is a career in academia?

William Locke.  The growing pressures faced by universities have had an impact on academic careers. Changes to academic roles, contracts and career paths, along with increasing workloads, have created new challenges. Yet in today’s competitive global environment, academic career opportunities

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Harry Potter and the library of wonders

Paul Temple The Harry Potter library at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm – Sweden’s leading biomedical teaching and research institution – is not, as you might perhaps have imagined, a facility in the paediatrics department to distract young patients with

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