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Is PISA ‘fundamentally flawed’ because of the scaling methodology used?

Concerns about part of the methodology used in calculating PISA results may have been overblown

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Research matters

Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

Rules of engagement: 5 takeaways for research impact from the award-winning ASPIRES project

  Tatiana Souteiro Dias and Emily Macleod.  Collaboration with individuals and organisations beyond academia for the benefit of society is an increasingly important part of research teams’ activities. But how can academics achieve this when there are so many competing

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Exclusion and mental health difficulties: unravelling cause and effect and seeking answers in classroom practice

Amelia Roberts.  We are in an ‘exclusions’ crisis.With a rise in exclusions for three years running, we now have 40 children per day being permanently excluded across the UK. There is a clear link between exclusions and subsequent mental health difficulties.

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Special educational needs and psychology, Teachers and teaching assistants

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
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