Monthly Archives: November 2017

‘We’re preparing our army for the last war’: why the academic-vocational divide must fall

IOE Events.  Vocational education suffers from its second class status – variously seen as a ‘consolation prize’ and ‘for other people’s children’. It deserves better – for its own sake and for the sake of social justice, but also, as

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education, IOE debates

Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Questioning the curriculum: here’s to Michael Young’s next 50 years at the IOE

Geoff Whitty.  Last week the IOE celebrated Professor Michael Young’s 50 years at the IOE and the publication of a festschrift in his honour. I was one of a number of colleagues asked to speak at the event.  Having cancelled

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Britain’s endless skills problems: why academics and policy wonks need to communicate

Francis Green.  The OECD and the Institute for Public Policy Research came together this week to launch complementary reports on Britain’s long-term skills problem and what should be done about it. The event unfurled in august surroundings, at the offices

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education

‘What works’ in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Dominic Wyse.  The present government in England says it wants to focus on ‘what works’ in education, backed up by solid research, especially research using randomised controlled trial (RCT) designs. Yet, the mismatch between Ministers’ curriculum policy for English teaching

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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