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Hidden sins of economic crisis: the problem of unhappiness at work

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Francis Green When the financial crisis and recession hit Britain more than six years ago, many feared for the loss of jobs. Respectable forecasters expected unemployment to reach three million, as it had in the 1980s era of high Thatcherism.

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Why we must take the National Curriculum out of ministers’ clutches

John White Nicky Morgan has just rejected ASCL’s call for ‘a broad nationally defined core curriculum framework’ to be set by a curriculum commission at arm’s length from politicians. This will review the framework every five years and include representatives

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Education policy

CO-CONSTRUCTION? LET’S BUILD IT TOGETHER!

Frank Coffield At the end of a recent conference, we were invited to share what we’d learned and one student offered: “What I’ve learned today is that we should build co-construction together.” Another conference opened with this remark from a

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School-university partnerships: fragile and fragmented, but still worth fighting for

Toby Greany It’s no great secret that partnerships between schools and universities are in a state of flux. Historical relationships are being reshaped by the push for a self-improving school-led system in England in particular, with the rapid expansion of

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Posted in Leadership and management

Consenting or consuming? What kind of sexuality is 50 Shades of Grey selling to young women?

Emilie Lawrence and Jessica Ringrose On 8th March we celebrated International Women’s Day – a day to reflect on just how far we have come in achieving equality. This presents a good opportunity to discuss how the intricacies of sexual and

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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