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How can research truly inform practice? It takes a lot more than just providing information

Jonathan Sharples.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest evaluation report, the ‘Literacy Octopus‘, provides plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in improving the way research evidence informs practice, not just in education, but across sectors. This pair of large,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How similar are the PISA and TIMSS studies?

Christina Swensson.  This is the fifth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog investigates the similarities between TIMSS and the Programme for International

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What does the TIMSS 2015 international encyclopedia tell us about how our curriculum and assessment compare with other countries’?

Tina Isaacs and Christina Swensson. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog focuses on what TIMSS can tell us

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Questioning the curriculum: here’s to Michael Young’s next 50 years at the IOE

Geoff Whitty.  Last week the IOE celebrated Professor Michael Young’s 50 years at the IOE and the publication of a festschrift in his honour. I was one of a number of colleagues asked to speak at the event.  Having cancelled

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