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‘What works’ in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Dominic Wyse.  The present government in England says it wants to focus on ‘what works’ in education, backed up by solid research, especially research using randomised controlled trial (RCT) designs. Yet, the mismatch between Ministers’ curriculum policy for English teaching

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Priorities for a new government: advice from our academics part 2

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. We are publishing their replies during the run-up to the election. Primary Education The new government should take a new approach to primary education

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Yes Ministry: writing project gives creativity a boost

Dominic Wyse If you agree that the Primary National Curriculum for English is too complex and over-loaded with detail, try a little experiment. See what happens when you take the 2014 Music Curriculum and adapt it appropriately. My team and

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Posted in Arts in education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The London effect did not just happen without hard work

Chris Husbands For several years, the outstanding success of London Challenge has been a beacon for school improvers across the nation and beyond. The marked improvement in the performance of London secondary schools in the decade after 2002 has been

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What are consultations for?

Dominic Wyse A national curriculum is in part a representation of what a society wants for the education of its citizens. This is why many people feel that wide consultation on its content and ethos is necessary. The proposals for

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