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How can research truly inform practice? It takes a lot more than just providing information

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Jonathan Sharples.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest evaluation report, the ‘Literacy Octopus‘, provides plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in improving the way research evidence informs practice, not just in education, but across sectors. This pair of large,

Transforming teaching as a career choice: what would be on your wish list?

Monday, 11 December 2017

IOE Events. Next up in our ‘What if…’ debates series was the matter of the teaching profession: What if… we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice?. To address this question we had union and think tank representatives in

How similar are the PISA and TIMSS studies?

Monday, 04 December 2017

Christina Swensson.  This is the fifth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog investigates the similarities between TIMSS and the Programme for International

What does the TIMSS 2015 international encyclopedia tell us about how our curriculum and assessment compare with other countries’?

Friday, 01 December 2017

Tina Isaacs and Christina Swensson. This is the fourth in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This blog focuses on what TIMSS can tell us

‘We’re preparing our army for the last war’: why the academic-vocational divide must fall

Thursday, 30 November 2017

IOE Events.  Vocational education suffers from its second class status – variously seen as a ‘consolation prize’ and ‘for other people’s children’. It deserves better – for its own sake and for the sake of social justice, but also, as

Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

Questioning the curriculum: here’s to Michael Young’s next 50 years at the IOE

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Geoff Whitty.  Last week the IOE celebrated Professor Michael Young’s 50 years at the IOE and the publication of a festschrift in his honour. I was one of a number of colleagues asked to speak at the event.  Having cancelled

Britain’s endless skills problems: why academics and policy wonks need to communicate

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Francis Green.  The OECD and the Institute for Public Policy Research came together this week to launch complementary reports on Britain’s long-term skills problem and what should be done about it. The event unfurled in august surroundings, at the offices

‘What works’ in education does not always chime with what Ministers want to hear

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Dominic Wyse.  The present government in England says it wants to focus on ‘what works’ in education, backed up by solid research, especially research using randomised controlled trial (RCT) designs. Yet, the mismatch between Ministers’ curriculum policy for English teaching

Collaborative problem-solving and why it matters for learning

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rose Luckin.  The results of the 2015 PISA collaborative problem solving assessments are published in Paris this morning.[1] I was delighted to read 
In Andreas Schleicher’s editorial, his confirmation that solving problems with others (collaborative problem-solving) is a key skill