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Hot off the press: the IOE debates series for 2018/19

IOE Events. Last year we launched our new flagship events programme, which includes our much- loved debates series What if…? radical and inspiring ideas for alternative education futures. Through this series we bring together prominent speakers on education issues –

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We could end exam distress by removing the root cause: exams

John White The anxiety generated by school examinations is well-known. Responses to a Guardian call-out in May for views on the new GCSEs produced ‘an outpouring that was overwhelmingly – although not exclusively – negative. The more extreme responses included

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Life after levels: is the new Year 6 maths test changing the way teachers teach?

Melanie Ehren.  Earlier this month (5 July), the Department for Education published the results of the Key Stage 2 test for 10 and 11-year-olds. The publication was awaited with more anxiety than usual as this year’s test was the first one on

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More than marking: what is ‘assessment literacy’?

Gwyneth Hughes.  Nobody would dispute that teachers should have a high level of literacy and be able to read and write well. But what about ‘assessment literacy’? It is well known that assessment is a tricky business. But being able

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The headmaster of Eton may be right but so what?

Michael Young I welcome John White’s plan to make contact with Chinese educators uneasy about their ‘success’ on the PISA League Tables and look forward to his next IOE blog reporting his discussions. However, the fact that the headmaster of

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