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Helping the Education Secretary reach her full potential

John White.  A central aim of Education Secretary Justine Greening is ‘enabling children to reach their full potential’  . The idea comes into many of her speeches. It appeared in the DfE’s response to the head of OFSTED Amanda Spielman’s

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Reception baseline assessment: dangerous, inappropriate and flawed data

Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes.  In its response to the consultation document Primary Assessment in England  the Government announced its intention to make baseline assessment statutory (along with the existing EYFS Profile) from Autumn 2020. Justine Greening’s Ministerial forward states

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The experts who put storytelling, language and better paid teachers at the heart of early education

Thinking ahead. Shutterstock Natalia Kucirkova .  There are a lot of things to remember at the start of a new school term. Uniforms, sports kit, stationery equipment, activity clubs … Often forgotten are the names of the people behind the learning

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Closing the gap: we need the best teachers in the most deprived schools

Becky Francis.  Our society is stuck in a rut on social mobility – or rather, immobility. For decades, governments of every persuasion have sought to improve social mobility, to narrow the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their

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Greater entitlement to free school meals would reduce stigma, shame ­– and hunger

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight.  The Conservative Manifesto proposes to end free school meals for all at key stage 1 and instead offer primary children free breakfast. What impact would this have? For more than a century the

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy