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Re-sitting the SATs: would this narrow the gap or just measure it?

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Val Hindmarsh and Helen Morris If the Conservatives form the next government, Nicky Morgan proposes to make 11-year-olds who don’t reach the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 SATs re-sit the tests in Year 7 in a bid for

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Special educational needs and psychology

Why employing autistic people makes good business sense

Anna Remington, UCL Institute of Education Microsoft has announced its intention to hire more autistic people – not as a charitable enterprise but because, as corporate vice-president Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at

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If we care about democracy private schools should be an election issue

John White The election campaign has all but ignored private education. This is odd, since it raises an issue central to the country’s future. I am not talking about equality of opportunity – about the complaint that, unlike the rest

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Posted in Education policy

Hidden sins of economic crisis: the problem of unhappiness at work

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Francis Green When the financial crisis and recession hit Britain more than six years ago, many feared for the loss of jobs. Respectable forecasters expected unemployment to reach three million, as it had in the 1980s era of high Thatcherism.

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Why we must take the National Curriculum out of ministers’ clutches

John White Nicky Morgan has just rejected ASCL’s call for ‘a broad nationally defined core curriculum framework’ to be set by a curriculum commission at arm’s length from politicians. This will review the framework every five years and include representatives

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