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The tensions between economic and educational choices for schools have never been sharper

Toby Greany and Rob Higham. The economic and regulatory incentives facing state schools in England are increasingly in tension with an inclusive, broad and balanced education for pupils. Since 2010 the Government has used the language of a ‘self-improving school-led

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What can short standardised tests tell us about the attainment and progress of individual pupils and of schools?

Rebecca Allen. Measuring changes in pupil attainment is at the heart of our work as education researchers. It is a practice that is also routinely carried out in schools to monitor pupil progress and teaching quality. One means of doing

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Needs or rights? Revisiting the legacy of the Warnock report on SEND

IOE Events. Competing against a balmy evening outside, we were delighted to welcome so many people to our debate this week on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and, specifically, the legacy of the 1978 Report of the Committee of

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Rebuilding trust in a context of suspicion: South Africa’s failing education system

Melanie Ehren.  In his first speech as President, South Africa’s Ramaphosa promised to ‘turn the tide of corruption’, vowing to end the ‘plunder of public resources’ and to ‘put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and

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A cultural reset: how to end the Ofsted inspection cycle of fear

Melanie Ehren.  In November 2017, Ofsted’s chief, Amanda Spielman, talked about one of the biggest problems in current education systems: the culture of fear and game-playing around school inspections, where educators for a long time have been guided by external

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