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Prisoners’ basic skills: what happened to the Government’s commitment?

Brian Creese.  The pace of academic publishing is something most researchers accept, but I’m sure that others feel, as I do, that the excitement of having findings published seems slightly historical as their research has moved on. Or in the case

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Post 16 GCSE retakes – what have they or the students sitting them actually achieved?

Brian Creese.  If I may be excused a moment of being a grumpy old man, at least when I did ‘O’ levels, we knew what they meant. The top X% got an A (or Grade 1), the next Y% a

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

If staff shortages mean prisoners can’t reach education, no amount of good practice will help

Brian Creese.  The large attendance at last month’s Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice Sector (CECJS) conference at UCL Institute of Education attested to the new profile prison education enjoys. It comes on the back of the recently completed Coates Review,

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Prison reform: has the revolution begun?

Brian Creese.  Wednesday was an exceptional day for all those involved in prison education. The Coates review, Unlocking Potential: a review of education in prison was published and prison reform took centre stage in the Queen’s Speech. After so many years

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

What is the point of comparative studies?

Brian Creese.  I was recently complaining bitterly to friends about the refusal of government to actually view any research evidence before embarking on some huge innovation which will disrupt the lives of teachers, parents and children without the slightest idea

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons
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