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Priorities for a new government: advice from our academics part 2

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. We are publishing their replies during the run-up to the election. Primary Education The new government should take a new approach to primary education

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Word problems in standardised maths tests: how fair are the Key Stage 2 SATs?

Melanie Ehren.  Word problems feature strongly on many high stakes standardised maths tests. We found these kinds of test items in research in the United States in 2010 (on the New York State and Massachusetts grades 3-5 tests for children

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

As ‘Show Your Working’ test replaces mental maths at 11, what kind of learning are we valuing?

Melanie Ehren. This year the Key Stage 2 mathematics test has undergone some big changes to reflect the new National Curriculum. One was the removal of the Mental Mathematics paper, given for the last time in 2015. It involved a

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Dear Secretary of State for Education…

Now we know. Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, has become the new Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities. Her brief is to include higher education and skills, formerly under the Department for

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Posted in Education policy

Who benefits when summer-born children start school later?

Tammy Campbell.  Expectant parents in England with a September due-date will no longer have to hope that their baby doesn’t arrive too early. The UK schools minister Nick Gibb recently announced that he will amend the school admissions code to

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Posted in Childhood & early education