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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

Why education research needs working papers

Alice Sullivan.  British education journals often object to the early publication of research findings in the form of working papers (also known as preprints. But would greater use of working papers be beneficial for the health of education research in

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Exploring what it means to be ‘evidence-rich’ in practice

Naomi Bath.  The RSA’s Learning About Culture programme aims to develop more evidence of what works in cultural learning and to help practitioners to use evidence from their own work and elsewhere to improve their practice. At the centre of the

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Posted in Arts in education, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What kinds of activities will encourage more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep studying science?

Tamjid Mujtaba.  I have worked on a range of projects as a mixed-methods researcher over the years although none as quite exciting as  Chemistry for All,  a longitudinal project funded in 2014 by the The Royal Society of Chemistry. Why

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Just how good are academy schools? A new database makes it easier to tell

Bilal Nasim.  There has been huge interest in the performance of schools that have changed from mainstream to academy status in recent years. Since 2010, successive governments have backed the opening of more academies, arguing that they drive up standards

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Evidence-based policy, Research matters
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