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Summit to think about: what will Chinese visitors learn from our emerging apprenticeship system? And what can they teach us?

Martin Doel.  In December, Education Secretary Justine Greening led a small delegation to the latest UK China Education Summit in Shanghai, part of the wider UK China ‘People to People Dialogue’. When arriving in China you anticipate striking differences in our

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PISA beyond the rankings: pupils’ aspirations and future plans

Nikki Shure.  Once we move beyond the performance rankings produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) PISA test results, the data can reveal interesting comparisons of 15-year-olds across the globe along different dimensions. This includes pupils’ post-secondary

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PISA Beyond the Rankings: Pupils’ Experience of Learning Science in the Classroom

Nikki Shure. On 6 December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest wave of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a two-hour test taken by 15-year-olds from over 70 countries and is used

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The ten key findings from PISA 2015

John Jerrim. Today, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) release results from the 2015 round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Although the ‘country rankings’ take the headlines, there are many other (and often more interesting)

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England’s performance in TIMSS 2015: a 20 year story of improvement?

Toby Greany.  The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey (TIMSS) now provides 20 years-worth of internationally comparable data on the mathematics and science performance of primary and secondary pupils worldwide, and the contexts in which they learn. England has

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