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Higher Education Policy Institute report on access: the debate rages on

Lindsey Macmillan, Matt Dickson, Simon Burgess. We appreciate the response by Iain Mansfield on WonkHE to the widespread criticism of his paper on selective schooling. However, the points we made about the dataset used and the methods employed remain. A major critique

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Enquiring minds: building a picture of how children learn to understand subjects

  Arthur Chapman.  Over the last year and a half or so, my colleagues and I in the UCL Institute of Education’s  Subject Specialism Research Group have been thinking together about schooling and about how children develop and build their knowledge.

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Grammar schools and access to universities: HEPI report not an accurate or complete picture

Lindsey Macmillan, Matt Dickson, Simon Burgess. A HEPI Occasional Paper out today claims that “grammar schools … play a significant role in supporting social mobility”. This is based on two statements in the paper: firstly, that a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils

Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education

Are educational networks the new panacea for system reform? Here’s how to ensure a more thoughtful approach

  Melanie Ehren.  In the last decade many countries have introduced policies to mandate or incentivise school networks. Examples are teaching school alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts in England, regional improvement consortia in Wales, area-learning communities in Northern Ireland, and networks

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Leadership and management

School leaders: who sits at your table? And four more questions for the new year

Zachary Walker.  Every generation brings new faces, new ways of thinking and new challenges into our classrooms. In order to prepare students for the dynamic, exciting world they are entering, it is important that we understand and honour this generation

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Evidence-based policy, Leadership and management
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