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We need to talk about subjects – and to know what great subject-specific professional development looks like

Philippa Cordingley and Toby Greany. We need to talk about how teachers become expert – not just at teaching, but at teaching across different subjects. All too often in education we get side-tracked by debates about issues such as high

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, International comparisons, Leadership and management, Teachers, Uncategorized

Our greatest challenge: what is the best way to support the most challenged schools?

IOE Events.  The fifth in our ‘What if…?’ debates series, looking at how best to support the most challenged schools, featured the stellar line-up of the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, Sam Freedman of Teach First, Head of Passmores

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, Social sciences and social policy, Teachers and teaching assistants

Are private schools better managed than state schools?

Alex Bryson and Francis Green.  In recent years governments of all hues have urged private schools to sponsor state schools to help raise education standards. In 2012 Lord Adonis, who had earlier been Labour’s Minister for Schools, argued that successful

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management

Beyond Prevent: helping students to think critically is a better way to discourage extremism

Mike Diboll and Reza Gholami,  The government’s counter-extremism Prevent strategy has come under serious criticism. Commentators say it risks intensifying the very extremism it is intended to “prevent”. Mounting evidence suggests that it is at best ineffective, at worst counter-productive. Surely, it

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

So what is Further Education? And why is it so hard to define?

Martin Doel. According to a recently released CBI Report – In Perfect Harmony: Improving Skills Delivery in England – the English skills system has undergone 28 major reform programmes in the past 30 years. The result, the report argues, is

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education