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What can short standardised tests tell us about the attainment and progress of individual pupils and of schools?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Rebecca Allen. Measuring changes in pupil attainment is at the heart of our work as education researchers. It is a practice that is also routinely carried out in schools to monitor pupil progress and teaching quality. One means of doing

Improving science participation: Five evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers and funders

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Science Capital Team.  To continue with science post-16, young people must achieve certain levels of understanding and attainment. Crucially, they must also feel that science is a good ‘fit’ for them – that science is ‘for me’. Drawing on more

Our longitudinal future – providing robust evidence for policy across the life course, from newborns right through to older age

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Originally posted on ESRC blog:
by Alissa Goodman The ESRC last week published its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review, a report by an international panel, which was commissioned by the ESRC to review its investment in longitudinal studies. The panel recognised…

Needs or rights? Revisiting the legacy of the Warnock report on SEND

Thursday, 10 May 2018

IOE Events. Competing against a balmy evening outside, we were delighted to welcome so many people to our debate this week on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and, specifically, the legacy of the 1978 Report of the Committee of

Rebuilding trust in a context of suspicion: South Africa’s failing education system

Friday, 04 May 2018

Melanie Ehren.  In his first speech as President, South Africa’s Ramaphosa promised to ‘turn the tide of corruption’, vowing to end the ‘plunder of public resources’ and to ‘put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and

The benefits of a bilingual brain in the modern world

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Roberto Filippi.  A multilingual world It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population – over 3 billion people – can communicate in two (or more) languages. If we consider that our societies are increasingly mobile, monolingual speakers

A cultural reset: how to end the Ofsted inspection cycle of fear

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Melanie Ehren.  In November 2017, Ofsted’s chief, Amanda Spielman, talked about one of the biggest problems in current education systems: the culture of fear and game-playing around school inspections, where educators for a long time have been guided by external

Schools that foster and harness staff commitment perform better

Monday, 30 April 2018

Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson.  There are two things that people think they know about teachers.  One is that they are dedicated to their profession, motivated by a sense of “mission” rather than money.  The other is that

What is schooling for in the age of AI?

Friday, 27 April 2018

IOE Events. Although estimates of the impact of automation on the labour market vary widely, it is generally agreed that the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, and especially the advance of AI, is set to transform how we live and work. The

How does it feel to be in the bottom group? A new project investigates

Monday, 23 April 2018

Eleanore Hargreaves with Denise Buchanan and Laura Quick.  Children are not often asked to voice their true opinions at school, especially not about school. In my own previous research, I found that primary school pupils could voice valuable and sometimes