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Covid-19 and education: Why have we waited until now to improve the accuracy of predicted grades?

Gill Wyness.  For students expecting to take their A-Levels and BTECs this summer, the impact of COVID-19 will be profound. Instead of taking the formal examinations that they were preparing for, Ofqual confirmed today that school leavers will be provided

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Posted in accountability and inspection, COVID-19 and education, Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

Can students learn how to solve mathematics problems by taking maths tests?

By Francesca Borgonovi, British Academy Global Professor, UCL Institute of Education and Francesco Avvisati, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD. Few subjects in education spark as much controversy as tests. Many people recognise that tests are useful to students

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

‘Too many tests for no good reason’: what do parents really think about primary assessment?

Alice Bradbury. The debate about testing in primary schools is usually dominated by teachers and unions – who decry the pressures associated with statutory test – and the government – who argue testing is necessary to hold schools to account.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education, Education policy, Parents, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Our young people deserve to have citizenship education teachers who are properly trained if we are to close the class gap in political awareness

Hans Svennevig and Sera Shortland. “I want to grow up in a country where the people are more powerful than the government.” This statement was made by 16-year-old Harry in a speech he gave during MP6, a political speaking competition

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

How can we create a ‘socially just’ school system?

IOE Events. For some time, political rhetoric has focused on social mobility and the need to enable individuals to ‘fulfil their potential’ regardless of their background. But now social justice seems to have taken over as the new underpinning principle for public policy.   The problem

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