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Why education policy debates need a sociological voice

Geoff Whitty.  Attending a gathering of philosophers and sociologists of education this week brought home to me how much closer those two groups are now in their analyses of education compared to when I first worked as a sociologist of

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Posted in Education policy, Social sciences and social policy

Selection at 11 – a very English debate

Chris Husbands Originally posted on SecEd It is a persistent undercurrent in English educational debate, but it is peculiarly English: should academic selection at the age of 11 be restored? Boris Johnson, perhaps in response to perceived UKIP pressure, has declared

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Parents’ fortunes matter for cognitive development of 11-year-olds

Lucinda Platt, Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education and Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science Originally posted on The Conversation As they reach the end of primary school, the UK’s children

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, learning, Social sciences and social policy

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

Yes, there is an alternative to England’s bewildering school system

Peter Mortimore I have been aware of problems in the education system for as long as I can remember. As a child growing up in the late 1940s, I was persecuted by the fear of failing the 11+. Both my elder

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