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Exams shape students’ future life chances. It is vital to share our knowledge on how we set and maintain standards

Tina Isaacs and Lena Gray.  As we wind down from a relatively calm examination season – even with the introduction of new examinations this year – some of us continue to mull over the idea of ‘standards’ in examination systems.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, International comparisons, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Disadvantaged pupils have less-qualified science teachers across the developed world, and other findings from PISA

Sam Sims.  The Programme for International Student Assessment is a well-known exercise in benchmarking pupil attainment in maths, science and reading across countries. PISA was first conducted in 2000 and five further rounds of results have since been published. Around

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Teachers and teaching assistants

A cultural reset: how to end the Ofsted inspection cycle of fear

Melanie Ehren.  In November 2017, Ofsted’s chief, Amanda Spielman, talked about one of the biggest problems in current education systems: the culture of fear and game-playing around school inspections, where educators for a long time have been guided by external

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Posted in accountability and inspection, International comparisons

We need to talk about subjects – and to know what great subject-specific professional development looks like

Philippa Cordingley and Toby Greany. We need to talk about how teachers become expert – not just at teaching, but at teaching across different subjects. All too often in education we get side-tracked by debates about issues such as high

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, International comparisons, Leadership and management, Teachers, Uncategorized

Is PISA still a fair basis for comparison? Some serious questions have emerged

John Jerrim.  A version of this blogpost also appears on the Centre for Education Economics website. The OECD’s PISA study compares the science, reading and mathematics skills of 15-year-olds across countries, with the results closely watched by journalists, public policymakers

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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