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Questioning the curriculum: here’s to Michael Young’s next 50 years at the IOE

Geoff Whitty.  Last week the IOE celebrated Professor Michael Young’s 50 years at the IOE and the publication of a festschrift in his honour. I was one of a number of colleagues asked to speak at the event.  Having cancelled

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Independent schools and social mobility: no easy answers

Geoff Whitty and Emma Wisby.  There’s now just under a month for people to give their views on the government’s schools green paper proposals. If the impassioned public debate it has generated is anything to go by, Department for Education

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Schools, Social sciences and social policy

Grammar schools: the rise and fall of ‘evidence-informed policy’?

Geoff Whitty and Emma Wisby.  In her first major foray into domestic policy as Prime Minister, Theresa May has offered us more grammar schools. Not a return to the selective system of education that existed in England prior to the

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy

Why education policy debates need a sociological voice

Geoff Whitty.  Attending a gathering of philosophers and sociologists of education this week brought home to me how much closer those two groups are now in their analyses of education compared to when I first worked as a sociologist of

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Posted in Education policy, Social sciences and social policy

Education research and policy in an imperfect world

Geoff Whitty.  In 2005 it was my turn to deliver the British Educational Research Association (BERA) presidential address, typically a ‘state of the nation’ review for education research. I considered many topics, but an overwhelming issue for the education research

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Research matters