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We need to talk about subjects – and to know what great subject-specific professional development looks like

Monday, 19 February 2018

Philippa Cordingley and Toby Greany. We need to talk about how teachers become expert – not just at teaching, but at teaching across different subjects. All too often in education we get side-tracked by debates about issues such as high

Supporting young people in care: teaching the next generation of professionals ways to think creatively at the point of crisis

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Claire Cameron.  Driving through a wood, late at night, a streetwise 17-year-old becomes panicky as her mobile signal dies. John, her foster carer, knows she is entering her panic zone, turns the car around and sees the girl’s face relax

Our greatest challenge: what is the best way to support the most challenged schools?

Monday, 12 February 2018

IOE Events.  The fifth in our ‘What if…?’ debates series, looking at how best to support the most challenged schools, featured the stellar line-up of the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, Sam Freedman of Teach First, Head of Passmores

Ofsted’s use of Artificial Intelligence: how smart is it to automate risk assessments?

Friday, 09 February 2018

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted has come under attack for its collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team for using machine learning to identify failing schools. According to several sources (BBC and Matthew Reynolds), BIT has been trialling machine learning models that can

The sweet smell of success: how can we help educators develop a ‘nose’ for evidence they can use in the classroom?

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Mutlu Cukurova and Rose Luckin A good nose for what constitutes solid evidence: it’s something a scientist is lost without. This finely tuned ‘nose’ is not innate, it is the result of years of practice and learning. This practice and

OFSTED: we need a brand new model, not just a re-spray

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Frank Coffield.  In September 2019 Ofsted will introduce a new Framework of Inspection and it has already begun to work on revising the current version. That timescale and the arrival of a new Chief Inspector offer the chance of change,

Are private schools better managed than state schools?

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Alex Bryson and Francis Green.  In recent years governments of all hues have urged private schools to sponsor state schools to help raise education standards. In 2012 Lord Adonis, who had earlier been Labour’s Minister for Schools, argued that successful

What works? examining the evidence on evidence-informed practice

Monday, 29 January 2018

IOE Events.  The rhetoric of ‘evidence-informed practice’ – or ‘what works’ as it is sometimes known for short – now pervades the school system in England, as it does in many other places.  Through our latest IOE debate ‘What if…

Is PISA still a fair basis for comparison? Some serious questions have emerged

Friday, 26 January 2018

John Jerrim.  A version of this blogpost also appears on the Centre for Education Economics website. The OECD’s PISA study compares the science, reading and mathematics skills of 15-year-olds across countries, with the results closely watched by journalists, public policymakers

Beyond Prevent: helping students to think critically is a better way to discourage extremism

Monday, 22 January 2018

Mike Diboll and Reza Gholami,  The government’s counter-extremism Prevent strategy has come under serious criticism. Commentators say it risks intensifying the very extremism it is intended to “prevent”. Mounting evidence suggests that it is at best ineffective, at worst counter-productive. Surely, it