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Free school effects: an impartial review

Francis Green Do free schools raise the performance of nearby schools, as Policy Exchange have claimed, or is this a statistical mirage? There is a plausible argument that the opening of a free school in an area might spur other

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Conservative education plans are poetic – but are they practical?

Chris Husbands. This post originally appeared in The Conversation Each year, the Queen’s speech marks the point where the poetry of aspiration gets translated into the hard slog of legislation and implementation. The Conservative manifesto for education was certainly bold

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Bad marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training in OECD report on school system

Susanne Wiborg. This post originally appeared in The Conversation Sweden has experienced a dramatic decline in the international ranking of its schools. Swedish 15-year-olds’ performance on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development-led Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has

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Select Committee Academies report: a clear-headed action plan for a new Secretary of State

Toby Greany Back in 2006-07 I acted as special advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee for an enquiry on Building Schools for the Future. Labour’s Barry Sheerman MP was the committee’s longstanding chair back then and it

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Politicians should be held accountable when their pet experiments fail

Frank Coffield The closure of a third ‘free’ school, this time in Durham, raises some very serious issues for our whole education system and for our democracy. The coalition government invested £900,000 of taxpayers’ money in the Durham free school

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