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Higher Education Policy Institute report on access: the debate rages on

Lindsey Macmillan, Matt Dickson, Simon Burgess. We appreciate the response by Iain Mansfield on WonkHE to the widespread criticism of his paper on selective schooling. However, the points we made about the dataset used and the methods employed remain. A major critique

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How evidence-based are the Conservative manifesto proposals on grammar schools?

Alice Sullivan.  The Conservative manifesto confirms Teresa May’s pledge to reintroduce grammar schools, as part of a drive to turn Britain into ‘The World’s Great Meritocracy’. But does this claim stand up to scrutiny? As has been widely rehearsed in

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

Grammar schools: why academic selection only benefits the very affluent

Simon Burgess, University of Bristol; Claire Crawford, University of Warwick, and Lindsey Macmillan, UCL.  With the recent news that more than £500m has been set aside by the UK government for new free schools – many of which could well

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Posted in Education policy, Schools, Social sciences and social policy

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: can Artificial Intelligence create a fairer way to assess children?

Rose Luckin. Theresa May’s plans for new or expanded grammar schools in England have brought a torrent of comment, debate, criticism and rhetoric since these plans were inadvertently revealed last week. Most of the discussions seem to have focused on

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Posted in Education policy, eleven-plus, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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