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The HE Green Paper: five things we know and five speculations

Chris Husbands.  Jo Johnson, the minister for higher education, has now published the government’s eagerly awaited Green Paper on the future of universities. It’s a long document, at almost 35,000 words. Most of the immediate press coverage related to the

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AHELO, Agoodbye: league tables, power and the market

Chris Husbands. One of the universities I worked in ran an advertising campaign for which the strapline was ‘It’s not the letters after your name that matter: it’s the name after your letters’. At the time, it attracted a good

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Exam boards: ripe for nationalisation?

Chris Husbands. The schools minister is angry with what the press continue to call ‘examination boards’ but which have for over a decade been formally called awarding organisations. They set examination questions that some combination of public, press and government think

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Posted in Chris Husbands, curriculum & assessment, Education policy, Schools

Twenty-seven years on from the national curriculum

Chris Husbands. Will the 2015 drive for curriculum entitlement succeed where 1988 and the national curriculum did not? We’ve been here before. A government re-elected; impatient to press on with education reform; concerned about the way schools respond to change;

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REF results: what’s the spin and what are the real stories?

Chris Husbands In 1993, Shane Warne, the great Australian spin bowler bowled to England’s Mike Gatting. The ball, heading towards the leg stump was played by Mike Gatting, and then, at the last moment, in a twist of pure genius

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