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OECD basic skills report makes grim reading

Brian Creese.  After three years of deliberation, number crunching and further evidence-seeking, the OECD has published its report on the basic skills of adults in England based on the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.

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

At the heart of the school: celebrate National Libraries Day

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Sally Perry. Question: What do you have in school that can:                                     Improve literacy                                     Foster reading for pleasure                                     Raise academic achievement                                     Develop positive attitudes towards learning                                     Deliver information literacy skills                  

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Childcare policy: we need decent pay for the workforce and flexibility for parents


Antonia Simon and Charlie Owen A large body of research evidence shows that good quality childcare makes a big difference to children’s start in life. However, according to new research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, many children do not

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy

Workplace training is crucial in preventing another Mid Staffs, but we know little about what works


Karen Schucan Bird and Mark Newman.  The public inquiry into the breakdown of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust highlighted the important role of education and training in ensuring that similar failures were prevented in the future. It was one

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Class size does make a difference – but 30 is not a magic number

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Peter Blatchford.  Here we go again. The arguments over class size are with us once more. Now there are worries about ‘supersized classes’ for young children in school, the result of pressure on school places and the current fragmented state

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Posted in Education policy, Research matters, Teachers and teaching assistants

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