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Another attempt at a qualification-neutral Progress 8...

Date: 01.08.2017

Progress 8 is the value added measure by which secondary schools are being judged, starting from the last academic year. At Datalab we’re broadly supportive of it as a measure. But no measure of school performance is perfect, and P8...

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Tech transitions: UTCs, studio schools, and technical and...

Date: 01.08.2017

Supporters of England's growing range of institutions for 14–19-year-olds – mainly university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools – are increasingly being challenged by those who argue that, on the whole, they are not...

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The future of education

Date: 01.08.2017

In this essay, ‘Success in the 21st Century: The education of head, heart and hand’, Peter Hyman describes how our one-dimensional education system needs to adapt to the multidimensional world today's children find themselves...

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Are 19-year-olds really becoming less qualified?

Date: 01.08.2017

Aficionados of DfE Statistical First Releases (SFRs) were shocked to their very core a couple of weeks ago with the revelation that the percentage of 19-year-olds qualified to Level 2 had fallen for the first time since records began. In...

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Autonomy in the right place: School governance reform in...

Date: 01.08.2017

In the Scottish education system, there is a persistent gap in attainment between pupils from the highest and lowest income households. Closing this poverty-related attainment gap is a national priority for the Scottish...

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Are more pupils really taking arts subjects?

Date: 01.08.2017

Schools Week last week published a handy summary of Ofqual’s release of summer 2017 examination entry statistics. It notes that entries in EBacc subjects have risen whilst entries in other subjects have fallen. This raises the question...

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Are Ofsted’s new short inspection proposals a good idea?

Date: 01.08.2017

Ofsted yesterday announced its response to the consultation it ran this summer on its short inspections policy. The inspectorate had proposed extending from 48 hours, to 15 days, the window in which a full inspection must take place...

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New research from the National Foundation for Educational...

Date: 01.08.2017

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has published two new pieces of research. The first looks at the “latest available performance data” to gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by the regional schools...

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Assessing the use and misuse of Newly Qualified Teachers

Date: 01.08.2017

Last Thursday at the Festival of Education, Sam Sims and I presented new research from our forthcoming book, The Teacher Gap, on the small number of schools that appear to be knowingly running a recruit-burnout-replace staffing model....

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Can we compare the A-Level performance of independent...

Date: 01.08.2017

Last week the TES ran a story based on some research by Tom Richmond [PDF] comparing the A-Level value added scores of independent schools and state schools. In the story, the average value added score for the 10 highest attaining...

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Ideology influencing action: Special educational needs...

Date: 01.08.2017

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Character education

Date: 01.08.2017

In September 2016, the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Pearson commissioned NFER to undertake a literature review on approaches to the effective leadership, planning and delivery of character education. The evidence...

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Making reasonable adjustments for pupils with special...

Date: 01.08.2017

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Executive headship

Date: 01.08.2017

A summary of the executive headteacher (EHT) role, with practical questions and exemplar role descriptors to consider when creating the position.;See also: Executive headteachers: What's in a name?

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Cyberbullying levels of impact in a special school setting

Date: 01.08.2017

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