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Researchers need to learn political skills if they want to make a difference

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Titus Alexander.  This week the government published its much postponed childhood obesity strategy, to a chorus of criticism from experts in public health. Doctors, health charities, and cancer and diabetes specialists have warned that the measures can’t stop the growing

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

Is a preschool PISA what we want for our young children?

Peter Moss.  Since its first outing in 2000, the Programme for International Student Assessment, widely known as PISA, has become highly influential in the education world with its three-yearly assessment of 15-year-olds in a growing number of countries around the world.

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Posted in Childhood & early education, International comparisons

The school bosses investigation: the deeper questions

Ron Glatter.  The accountability of academy chains, also known as ‘multi-academy trusts’ (MATs), is once more in the public spotlight. A Channel 4 Dispatches programme ‘How school bosses spend your millions’ aired at the end of July following a joint investigation

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Schools

If staff shortages mean prisoners can’t reach education, no amount of good practice will help

Brian Creese.  The large attendance at last month’s Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice Sector (CECJS) conference at UCL Institute of Education attested to the new profile prison education enjoys. It comes on the back of the recently completed Coates Review,

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education

Digital Economy Bill: how academic research + government data = a rich mine of information

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Alison Park.  Government departments and agencies build up routine information about all of us as part of their everyday activities. Who should have access to these data? Were it not for Brexit, it’s likely that the last few weeks would have

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