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What can be done to reduce the impact of social inequality on educational attainment?

Ingrid Schoon.  The transition to adulthood is an important and often scary time in a young person’s life. Not only does it involve the assumption of new social roles and responsibilities, such as moving out of the family home, entering

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

Education and social mobility – the missing link, or red herring?

This week the IOE held the first in our ‘What if…’ events series, which challenges thought leaders to bring some fresh and radical thinking to key debates in education. We kicked off with education’s role in relation to social mobility,

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How do we secure HE’s role as a public good?

Simon Marginson.  The current edition of the OECD’s Education at a Glance, published on 13 September, noted that in 2014, only 28 per cent of the financing of all tertiary education in the UK was from public sources, with 72

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Could We Get the Best Teachers into the Most Deprived Schools?

Sam Sims In a recent IOE London blog post, Professor Becky Francis highlighted wide and persistent gaps in GCSE attainment and university entry rates between rich and poor pupils. This follows the recent Social Mobility Commission report, which argued that

Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools, Teachers

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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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy