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Growth of Multi-Academy Trusts: do we need to put the brakes on?

Melanie Ehren.  Yesterday, the House of Commons Education Committee issued its report on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) with the key headline of: ‘MPs concerned about performance, accountability and expansion of multi-academy trusts’. The report issues a number of recommendations, all of which

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Social pedagogy: the approach that intertwines well-being and learning

Claire Cameron.  Young people growing up in care get some of the best GCSE results of anywhere in England if they are looked after in the London Borough of Hackney. This is a remarkable turnaround for what was once a

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Housing White Paper offers no hope for young people: here’s what could

Andy Green.  The Government’s new white paper on housing, entitled ‘fixing our broken housing market’, is not going to fix anything except the share prices of the large private development firms. As Simon Jenkins writes in The Guardian: ‘it is

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

Class size and teaching: width and quality both matter

Peter Blatchford.  David Aaronovitch is a good journalist and there is much to admire in an article he wrote for the Times newspaper last week (‘Teachers must get out of their ideological rut’, January 26, 2017). I suspect however that he

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

 Social inequalities – the report card

Heather Joshi and Emla Fitzsimons . In his speech to the 1999 Labour Party conference Tony Blair compared two babies in adjacent beds on a maternity ward, delivered by the same doctors and midwives but with two ‘totally different lives

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy