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An entrance somewhere else… The IOE’s director reflects on the past five years as he prepares to move on

Graduation Ceremony 2013[523]

Chris Husbands. Tom Stoppard has the right line: in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, his sideways look at Hamlet, one of the hapless courtiers urges the other to ‘look on every exit as an entrance somewhere else’. It’s now five

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What is education for? Gibb’s list misses a key dimension

John White. Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, addressed the Education Reform Summit earlier this month on the purposes of education.  He said there are three. “Education is the engine of our economy, it is the foundation of our culture, and it’s an

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Income distribution in times of austerity: why the cuts are likely to widen the gap

Nicola Pensiero. Yesterday, the House of Commons passed a bill that will cut £12bn in welfare programmes. Chancellor George Osborne argues that the government has no choice but to continue reducing the budget deficit. When announcing the plan, he pointed

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

Prisoner literacy levels: a worrying lack of statistics

Brian Creese. NRDC (National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy)  ‘When I learned to read at the age of 16 I suddenly got in touch with education, with the chance of becoming a different kind of boy. Not

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

Watch your language: talking about autism

Liz Pellicano Words matter. The way we use them to communicate with or about others can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This is especially the case when it comes to disability. Handicapped. Retarded. Mad. Activists have campaigned hard to

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