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The pupil premium is not working (part I): do not measure attainment gaps

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Becky Allen.  On Saturday 8 September 2018 I gave a talk to researchED London about the pupil premium. It was too long for my 40-minute slot, and the written version is similarly far too long for one post. So I

Hot off the press: the IOE debates series for 2018/19

Thursday, 13 September 2018

IOE Events. Last year we launched our new flagship events programme, which includes our much- loved debates series What if…? radical and inspiring ideas for alternative education futures. Through this series we bring together prominent speakers on education issues –

Teacher training and the ‘problem of more’ – how do we scale up without sacrificing quality?

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Clare Brooks.  As schools begin a new term, many headteachers are faced with chronic gaps in their staffing. It is at this time of year that the teacher shortage is most keenly felt. At the same time teacher education and

Exams shape students’ future life chances. It is vital to share our knowledge on how we set and maintain standards

Friday, 07 September 2018

Tina Isaacs and Lena Gray.  As we wind down from a relatively calm examination season – even with the introduction of new examinations this year – some of us continue to mull over the idea of ‘standards’ in examination systems.

The long roots of childhood, and how they explain economic inequalities across the whole of life

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Alissa Goodman. In my inaugural lecture earlier this summer I asked the question, what are the root causes of the economic inequalities in our society, and why have these been so difficult to budge? This is a question that I’ve

‘Can’t flip the bus stop over’: researching gender and public advertising in London

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Kaitlyn Regehr and Jessica Ringrose We met Sierra, a single mother of two, at Kennington tube station in South London. Sierra identifies as Black British, and walks using two sticks, due to limited mobility. On this rather windy day, she

It’s time to ‘open up physics’ if we want to bring in more girls and shift the subject’s declining uptake

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Rebekah Hayes.  Despite numerous campaigns over many years, getting more students to study physics after GCSE remains a huge challenge. The proportion of students in the UK taking physics at A level is noticeably lower than those studying other sciences.

Degree subject matters more than university status if you want to become rich, new research shows

Monday, 13 August 2018

News from the UCL Institute of Education.  Choosing the right field of study is more important than attending an elite university for those aiming to become a top earner by middle age, according to new findings from the UCL Institute

Until the DFE understands curriculum its well-meaning pilots will run off course

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Arthur Chapman and Sandra Leaton Gray.  Colleagues at the UCL Institute of Education were very excited a few weeks ago to see that the Department for Education had announced funding for a number of school-centred Curriculum Programme pilots worth £2.2 million. 

Why haven’t we progressed further on supporting children’s speech and language needs?

Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Amelia Roberts. Ten years on from the Bercow Review (2008) and we are still hearing that it is a ‘scandal’ that children are even now starting school with impoverished language skills. Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, spoke this week at