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The assessment system is unsustainable: how can we make it better?

Gemma Moss.  The Government’s new consultation on primary assessment in England is to be welcomed. The key question is: will it go far enough? The answer to that in large part depends upon how parents, teachers and academics react. What’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What are consultations for?

Dominic Wyse A national curriculum is in part a representation of what a society wants for the education of its citizens. This is why many people feel that wide consultation on its content and ethos is necessary. The proposals for

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Narrowness and imbalance in National Curriculum design

Andrew Pollard A picture of the proposed 2014 National Curriculum for England is gradually emerging. Draft versions of secondary English, maths and science and information about foundation subjects have recently slipped into the public domain. We have had the Early

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Posted in Andrew Pollard, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The multiplication of Massachusetts and the chemistry of Canada

Chris Husbands It is probably an apocryphal story. George Bernard Shaw was propositioned by Isadora Duncan, who suggested that she and Shaw should have a child together. “Think of it!” said the acclaimed dancer, “With your brains and my body, what

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Posted in Chris Husbands, International comparisons

Proposed primary curriculum: what about the pupils?

Andrew Pollard Education Secretary Michael Gove and Schools Minister Nick Gibb have finally begun to show their hand on the National Curriculum Review – at least for primary education. This sector has been well prepared for development by two substantial reports

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