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Could We Get the Best Teachers into the Most Deprived Schools?

Sam Sims In a recent IOE London blog post, Professor Becky Francis highlighted wide and persistent gaps in GCSE attainment and university entry rates between rich and poor pupils. This follows the recent Social Mobility Commission report, which argued that

Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools, Teachers

Why do privately educated people in Britain earn more?

Francis Green.  Private schooling in Britain is unaffordable for the majority of families, but for those that can afford it what do their children get out of paying for education? There are some who say, not much, and that it

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How evidence-based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on grammar schools?

Alice Sullivan.  The Conservative manifesto confirms Teresa May’s pledge to reintroduce grammar schools, as part of a drive to turn Britain into ‘The World’s Great Meritocracy’. But does this claim stand up to scrutiny? As has been widely rehearsed in

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Grammar schools: why academic selection only benefits the very affluent

Simon Burgess, University of Bristol; Claire Crawford, University of Warwick, and Lindsey Macmillan, UCL.  With the recent news that more than £500m has been set aside by the UK government for new free schools – many of which could well

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Growth of Multi-Academy Trusts: do we need to put the brakes on?

Melanie Ehren.  Yesterday, the House of Commons Education Committee issued its report on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) with the key headline of: ‘MPs concerned about performance, accountability and expansion of multi-academy trusts’. The report issues a number of recommendations, all of which

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