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More British children are learning Mandarin Chinese – but an increase in qualified teachers is urgently needed

Mandarin Chinese: coming to a school near you soon? shutterstock Katharine Carruthers. Mandarin Chinese is seen as being of increasing strategic importance, and in recent years there’s been a growing number of students taking up the language in schools across

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Teacher supply: Government needs to take responsibility

Joseph Mintz.  According to a Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson, “the biggest threat to teacher recruitment is that the teaching unions and others use every opportunity to talk down teaching as a profession, continually painting a negative picture of England’s

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‘Tragedy of the commons’: how the government abandoned the pursuit of teacher quality

education and the tyranny of numbers

Chris Husbands. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ is a well-known tenet of public, and especially environmental policy. The ‘commons’ refers to a resource shared by many individuals who can use a portion of it for their own benefit. The tragedy

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Teacher supply: why deregulation is not working

Chris Husbands Some weeks ago, I was working for the IOE in Chile. Chile is an object lesson in education reform: in the 1980s and 1990s, it de-regulated its education system on a grand scale. For-profit schools entered the public

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