Monthly Archives: February 2017

Social pedagogy: the approach that intertwines well-being and learning

Claire Cameron.  Young people growing up in care get some of the best GCSE results of anywhere in England if they are looked after in the London Borough of Hackney. This is a remarkable turnaround for what was once a

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Physics: why it’s still a guy thing

Becky Francis.  The movie Hidden Figures, which has just opened in the UK, tells the story of three African-American women who played key roles at NASA in the space race of the 1960s. Katherine Johnson devised the maths that made

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Housing White Paper offers no hope for young people: here’s what could

Andy Green.  The Government’s new white paper on housing, entitled ‘fixing our broken housing market’, is not going to fix anything except the share prices of the large private development firms. As Simon Jenkins writes in The Guardian: ‘it is

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

Class size and teaching: width and quality both matter

Peter Blatchford.  David Aaronovitch is a good journalist and there is much to admire in an article he wrote for the Times newspaper last week (‘Teachers must get out of their ideological rut’, January 26, 2017). I suspect however that he

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Summit to think about: what will Chinese visitors learn from our emerging apprenticeship system? And what can they teach us?

Martin Doel.  In December, Education Secretary Justine Greening led a small delegation to the latest UK China Education Summit in Shanghai, part of the wider UK China ‘People to People Dialogue’. When arriving in China you anticipate striking differences in our

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Leadership and management
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