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Education and the tyranny of numbers

education and the tyranny of numbers

Stephen J Ball  We are now, as Jenny Ozga aptly puts it, ‘governed by numbers’. Numbers in different aspects of our lives rate, compare and allocate us to categories. Numbers define our worth, measure our effectiveness, and in a myriad

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GCSE results: vocational subjects are on the up

Tina Isaacs This article was originally published on The Conversation. Despite a number of dire warnings, overall GCSE results have not been very volatile. Across the country, the number of students getting A* to C grades has increased slightly, by

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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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Eton’s headmaster is right: we must break out of exams straitjacket

John White In an article for Radio Times this week, Tony Little, headmaster of Eton, has called the examination system ‘archaic’. He sees it as “little changed from Victorian times”, a hindrance to collaborative working and to education for citizenship. He is right

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Imagine there’s no GCSEs… It’s easy if you try

John White This month’s OECD report has linked the poor literacy and numeracy skills of our 16-24 olds, compared with those in other countries, with a lower level of social mobility. One factor in holding back social mobility has been

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