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

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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

Why teachers in London’s most diverse schools believe Brexit threatens British values

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Miri Yemini.  It has now been six months since the referendum results revealed British voters’ decision to withdraw from the European Union, and schools in London are beginning to adjust to this new phase of history. As schools are now

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What’s the worst that could happen under New US Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos? Some scenarios

US President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Elisabeth (Betsy) DeVos, has come in for tough questioning this week during her Senate confirmation hearing. Trump has not given education much air time, but has said he wants to spend $20

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