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Education in quarantine: what can we learn from early childhood educators in China?

  Jie Gao and Clare Brooks. While we are marching towards the third week of lockdown in the UK, Chinese early childhood practitioners are busy preparing for the re-opening of kindergartens after more than two months of quarantine. We asked

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Covid-19 and education: Why have we waited until now to improve the accuracy of predicted grades?

Gill Wyness.  For students expecting to take their A-Levels and BTECs this summer, the impact of COVID-19 will be profound. Instead of taking the formal examinations that they were preparing for, Ofqual confirmed today that school leavers will be provided

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Posted in accountability and inspection, COVID-19 and education, Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

Mind the gap: will home learning reinforce inequality and what can we do about it?

Clare Brooks, Eleanor Kitto and Carole Scott. In the first of two blog posts on home learning and young children in these extraordinary times, we highlighted how clear and practical research evidence can help schools and parents find principles to guide

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

GCSE results in English and maths: whatever approach is taken, here is how it should be validated

John Jerrim.  We found out last week that GCSE grades for the 2019/20 cohort will be based upon judgments made by teachers. It has been announced that Ofqual will be working with the sector to provide guidance on how this should be

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Will the Covid crisis spark a radical overhaul of schools and universities?

John White. Weeks ago I thought the climate emergency might be the spark, but now, especially as UK schools and universities are closing, I think Covid-19 is more likely. I had an email from a senior academic colleague in Wuhan who recently

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Schools, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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