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Prisoners’ basic skills: what happened to the Government’s commitment?

Brian Creese.  The pace of academic publishing is something most researchers accept, but I’m sure that others feel, as I do, that the excitement of having findings published seems slightly historical as their research has moved on. Or in the case

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England’s performance in TIMSS 2015: a 20 year story of improvement?

Toby Greany.  The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) now provides 20 years-worth of internationally comparable data on the mathematics and science performance of primary and secondary pupils worldwide, and the contexts in which they learn. England has

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools

Why job insecurity is bad for our health

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Francis Green.  We live in uncertain times. Eight years on from the Great Recession of 2008, and still one in ten workers across Europe is unemployed – that’s 21 million people. Global growth is faltering and in Europe the “Brexit”

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Higher education: how financial strategy took centre stage

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Paul Temple. Government decisions about student fee levels, research funding and all the other aspects of higher education finance, and how individual institutions respond to these policy choices, now form a central aspect of the study of higher education, in

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Independent schools and social mobility: no easy answers

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Geoff Whitty and Emma Wisby.  There’s now just under a month for people to give their views on the government’s schools green paper proposals. If the impassioned public debate it has generated is anything to go by, Department for Education

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