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How unions secure better work-life balance for employees

Alex Bryson and John Forth.  New research we have conducted for the TUC finds Britain’s trade unions play a vital role in securing a work-life balance for employees. According to the most authoritative workplace survey in Britain, three-quarters of workplace managers

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Posted in Employment and skills, Social sciences and social policy

Tory conference: much more radical solutions needed to tackle housing crisis

Andy Green.  Theresa May pledged at her opening conference speech on Monday that Government would invest a further £10 bn by 2021 in the Help to Buy scheme which allows people to purchase homes with five percent deposits supported by

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, young people

If you run on your own you run fast, but if you run with a team you run far

Earlier this month the IOE hosted a hugely inspiring lecture by the 2017 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize winner, Maggie MacDonnell. Maggie has spent the last six years teaching in a fly-in Inuit village called Salluit, nestled in the Canadian

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Homework lessons from PISA: looking past the headlines

John Jerrim.  When the PISA results are released, almost everyone is fixated upon the average scores children have achieved in reading, science and mathematics, and our latest position in the “international rankings”. However, a lot of other information is captured

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Posted in International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

We need to have a big conversation about the nature and purposes of a university or college education

Francis Green.  Especially since the surge in university and college enrolments around 1990, Britain’s workforce has become very much more educated. The proportion with tertiary (post-school) qualifications has been rising very fast – at roughly one percentage point per year

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy