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Why teachers in London’s most diverse schools believe Brexit threatens British values

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Miri Yemini.  It has now been six months since the referendum results revealed British voters’ decision to withdraw from the European Union, and schools in London are beginning to adjust to this new phase of history. As schools are now

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What’s the worst that could happen under New US Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos? Some scenarios

US President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Elisabeth (Betsy) DeVos, has come in for tough questioning this week during her Senate confirmation hearing. Trump has not given education much air time, but has said he wants to spend $20

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PISA Beyond the Rankings: Pupils’ Experience of Learning Science in the Classroom

Nikki Shure. On 6 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest wave of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a two-hour test taken by 15-year-olds from over 70 countries and is used

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Grade prediction system means the brightest, poorest students can miss out on top university places

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Gillian Wyness.  With UK tuition fees now among the highest in the world, but benefits from having a degree remaining substantial, choosing the right university has never been more important for young people. The government has tried to make this

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England’s performance in TIMSS 2015: a 20 year story of improvement?

Toby Greany.  The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) now provides 20 years-worth of internationally comparable data on the mathematics and science performance of primary and secondary pupils worldwide, and the contexts in which they learn. England has

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