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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

DFE advice on student teacher workload misses what is learnt by planning lessons

Caroline Daly. The Department for Education has been looking for ways to reduce teacher workload. This week it published two further reports – one on shrinking the burden of data collection, and another called Addressing teacher workload in Initial Teacher

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Posted in Education policy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Making History: new journal will raise the level of debate on national identity, culture and the canon

Arthur Chapman, Hilary Cooper and Jon Nichol.  At a time of growing polarisation among politicians and the public, when people are increasingly entrenched in their views, and with nationalism on the rise – history is surely one of the most

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

Early childhood provision: are we moving forward, backward – or both?

Helen Penn.  The Labour party manifesto brings in a new policy on early education and childcare. It extends the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme to the parents of all two-, three- and four-year-olds and improves the training of

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy
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