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International School Meals Day: who gets a ‘proper’ dinner, who gets less and who gets nothing?

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight. If we had not included Portuguese young people in our cross national study of Families and Food in Hard Times*, the inadequacies in the free school meal system in England might not have

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More British children are learning Mandarin Chinese – but an increase in qualified teachers is urgently needed

Mandarin Chinese: coming to a school near you soon? shutterstock Katharine Carruthers. Mandarin Chinese is seen as being of increasing strategic importance, and in recent years there’s been a growing number of students taking up the language in schools across

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

A word to the wise: what does it mean to be an educated school-leaver?

  IOE Events. Through our What if… debates we have endeavoured to tackle the big, longstanding debates in education. This month we took on perhaps the biggest of them all: ‘knowledge vs skills’. Recent commentaries have brought greater nuance to the

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Posted in Education policy, IOE debates, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Grammar schools and access to universities: HEPI report not an accurate or complete picture

Lindsey Macmillan, Matt Dickson, Simon Burgess. A HEPI Occasional Paper out today claims that “grammar schools … play a significant role in supporting social mobility”. This is based on two statements in the paper: firstly, that a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils

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

Testing times: how can we build a system that will assess what we value?

IOE Events. In response to the many criticisms levelled at England’s testing and assessment system, from its effects on children’s mental health to its impact on their learning, for our latest IOE debate we posed the question What if… we

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, IOE debates, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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