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As ‘Show Your Working’ test replaces mental maths at 11, what kind of learning are we valuing?

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Melanie Ehren. This year the Key Stage 2 mathematics test has undergone some big changes to reflect the new National Curriculum. One was the removal of the Mental Mathematics paper, given for the last time in 2015. It involved a

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Isn’t time we focused on what matters – schools in which staff, students and families feel they belong?

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Kathryn Riley.   I amble across the tranquil shores of Studland Bay, Dorset on an unexpectedly hot day. My Labrador Finnegan is in fine fettle. Not being a sun worshiper, I’m dressed in a baggy pair of cotton trousers, long

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Posted in Leadership and management, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What works: researching the use of research evidence

Laurenz Langer, Jan Tripney, David Gough. The use of research evidence to inform decision-making can make policies and practices more effective and relevant. From the US federal regulation on blood alcohol limits, to the design and funding of microfinance programmes

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

Grammar schools: can Artificial Intelligence create a fairer way to assess children?

Rose Luckin. Theresa May’s plans for new or expanded grammar schools in England have brought a torrent of comment, debate, criticism and rhetoric since these plans were inadvertently revealed last week. Most of the discussions seem to have focused on

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Posted in Education policy, eleven-plus, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

A feminist manifesto for education: gender equality has a long way to go

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Miriam E David.  Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is now very much on the public agenda. It is even addressed through the BBC’s Radio 4’s Archers programme: the case about domestic violence in the Titchner family is arousing great

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