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East Asia top performers: what PISA really teaches us

John Jerrim It is no secret that East Asian children excel at school. For instance, 78 percent of ethnic Chinese children obtain at least 5 A*-C GCSE grades, compared to a national average of just 60 percent. Yet, despite some

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Financial literacy is not just about maths: why PISA should rethink its test

Ian Marcouse One mis-selling scandal after another has highlighted how bad adults are at managing their own financial resources. They trust the wrong people and believe in the wrong advice. The ease with which payday lenders found customers shows the

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

TALIS: A complex and realistic picture of teachers and teaching around the world

Chris Husbands  What do we really know about teaching and teachers in England’s schools? What is teaching in England really like by comparison with other jurisdictions? Too often, discussions about teacher effectiveness, teacher appraisal, professional development and job satisfaction appear

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Posted in Chris Husbands, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How class continues to drive the equality gap in England’s adult skills

Andy Green The latest OECD Survey of Adult Skills (SAS) generated much commentary on the relatively poor level of adult skills in England – particularly the revelation that on both literacy and numeracy tests young people scored no better than

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons

Let’s replace our Fortnum’s v Walmart system with a John Lewis model of schooling

Sandra Leaton Gray Last week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published an analysis of fair opportunities for pupils (PDF). Andreas Schleicher, its Special Adviser for Education, has said that social division represents a long term issue for the

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