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Yes, they’re young and inexperienced. But Teach First participants have the right stuff

Rebecca Allen Today, Jay Allnutt and I published a new piece of analysis (PDF) showing that schools taking on Teach First participants have achieved gains in their GCSE results as a result of the programme. Our analysis tracks the performance of

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Does ‘the gap’ matter to children eligible for free school meals?

Rebecca Allen David Laws, the Liberal Democrat Minister for Schools, has been making a series of speeches over the past month about “closing the gap” in the attainment between pupils from deprived and more affluent backgrounds. Yesterday, he warned that schools

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Evidence-based practice: why number-crunching tells only part of the story

Rebecca Allen As a quantitative researcher in education I am delighted that Ben Goldacre – whose report  Building Evidence into Education was published today – has lent his very public voice to the call for greater use of randomised controlled

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Academy conversions: why money doesn’t always talk

Rebecca Allen Thousands of primary and secondary schools have chosen to convert to academy status (the chart below covers secondary education). A survey by the think-tank Reform showed that financial considerations were the most widely cited reason for conversion, as predicted

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How can London schools be so good, given the high cost of living for teachers?

Rebecca Allen Chris Cook, the Financial Times education correspondent, has been writing about the Department for Education’s suggestion that the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB)should consider whether greater variation in teachers’ regional pay is needed. He notes that greater variation in

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