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Low fee private schools in developing countries: separating ideology from evidence

Carolina Junemann and Stephen Ball It was 15 years ago that James Tooley first drew attention to the significant number of very disadvantaged children in developing countries attending private, low fee schools rather than the free (or otherwise cheaper), public

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Education and the tyranny of numbers

education and the tyranny of numbers

Stephen J Ball  We are now, as Jenny Ozga aptly puts it, ‘governed by numbers’. Numbers in different aspects of our lives rate, compare and allocate us to categories. Numbers define our worth, measure our effectiveness, and in a myriad

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Posted in Education policy, Social sciences and social policy

Pasties, caravans and school buildings… U turn if you want to

Stephen Ball It is government U-turn season! We can now eat pasties straight out of the oven without paying VAT, sell-off our house and move into a static caravan, have secrets discussed openly – well in secret anyway, and 261

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A school system ready for business

Stephen Ball The House of Commons Education Select Committee recommendation for the introduction of performance–related pay (PRP) for teachers has sparked appropriate controversy and some unusual support and dissent. But of course this is not the first time we have been

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In selective Bucks, an academy goes comprehensive

Stephen Ball Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s seminal study of grammar schooling in Huddersfield, Education and the Working Class, was published by Penguin books exactly 50 years ago. Focused on the experiences of 88 working class children, it is about

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