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The pupil premium is not working (part I): do not measure attainment gaps

Becky Allen.  On Saturday 8 September 2018 I gave a talk to researchED London about the pupil premium. It was too long for my 40-minute slot, and the written version is similarly far too long for one post. So I

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Teacher training and the ‘problem of more’ – how do we scale up without sacrificing quality?

Clare Brooks.  As schools begin a new term, many headteachers are faced with chronic gaps in their staffing. It is at this time of year that the teacher shortage is most keenly felt. At the same time teacher education and

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The tensions between economic and educational choices for schools have never been sharper

Toby Greany and Rob Higham. The economic and regulatory incentives facing state schools in England are increasingly in tension with an inclusive, broad and balanced education for pupils. Since 2010 the Government has used the language of a ‘self-improving school-led

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It’s official: school budget cuts have finally caught up with teaching assistants

Rob Webster.  The latest school workforce statistics, released by the Dept for Education, confirm what survey after survey have been telling us for months: schools are losing their TAs. The government started publishing school workforce data 21 years ago. This is the

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Four reasons why female teachers are paid less than men

Rebecca Allen.  The teaching profession in England remains dominated by women, but as they accumulate experience in the classroom their pay gradually falls behind that of men. By the time secondary school teachers have accumulated 20 years of experience, men

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