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Why does Vietnam do so well in PISA? An example of why naïve interpretation of international rankings is such a bad idea

John Jerrim.  When the PISA 2015 results were released in December last year, Vietnam was one of the countries that stood out as doing remarkably well. In particular, Vietnam was ranked 8th out of all the participating countries in science,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons

The crisis for young people: why housing is the key to social mobility

  Andy Green. Last week’s report from Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility Commission, Time for a Change, provides a useful assessment of the impact of government policies on social mobility between 1997 and 2017. Ranging over policies for the different phases

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

Greater entitlement to free school meals would reduce stigma, shame ­– and hunger

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight.  The Conservative Manifesto proposes to end free school meals for all at key stage 1 and instead offer primary children free breakfast. What impact would this have? For more than a century the

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

How evidence-based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on grammar schools?

Alice Sullivan.  The Conservative manifesto confirms Teresa May’s pledge to reintroduce grammar schools, as part of a drive to turn Britain into ‘The World’s Great Meritocracy’. But does this claim stand up to scrutiny? As has been widely rehearsed in

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Posted in Conservative manifesto, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Schools, Social sciences and social policy

Priorities for a new Government: advice from our academics part 3 – school leadership, ICT and educational psychologists

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. We are publishing their replies during the run-up to the election.  School leaders and leadership    The new Secretary of State faces a potentially

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, ICT in education, Leadership and management, Special educational needs and psychology
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