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Parental leave: what is it for and how do we make it work?

Peter Moss. Leave policies for parents (maternity, paternity and parental leave) are high on today’s policy agenda, not only in higher income countries but around the world. A recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) survey found all bar two countries (Papua

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Posted in Childhood & early education, International comparisons, Parents, Social sciences and social policy

International School Meals Day: who gets a ‘proper’ dinner, who gets less and who gets nothing?

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight. If we had not included Portuguese young people in our cross national study of Families and Food in Hard Times*, the inadequacies in the free school meal system in England might not have

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

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
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