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Today's Parliamentary Education Questions - 06.01.14 -
In recent months Parliamentary education debates have been a little, umm, staid? Gove has been in hiding, Hunt was still getting his head around the Shadow Education Secretary brief, and lovely Edward Timpson (who is great, but doesn't have a schools role) was constantly wheeled out to pretend that policy walls built on quicksand were definitely...
Today's #AskGove Education Select Committee Round-Up -
Remember the days when Gove used to passionately defend every last part of his policies? When he used to whip statistics out of his sleeve about kids in Shanghai, and then camp it up with a French Lesbian poem before berating some poor teacher who recently taught equations through the medium of mime?  I miss that Gove. He wasn't at committee today. The reason I miss him...
Progressivist vs. Traditionalist: The 2009 PISA Data -
Over in today's Guardian column I discuss the surprising findings of the PISA 2012 survey. Though governments commonly report on the results of skills tests, the released data actually includes pupil answers to lots of survey questions. This allows cross-country comparison of all kinds of things - e.g. what possessions students have, what their parents do, how often they read...
If there were a magic wand we'd all be waving it: Closing the gap -
By Loic Menzies - LKMco Director With so much emphasis on the achievement gap these days, schools are frantically looking for solutions. Every now-and-then schools get in touch asking me for solutions. Given that I don't think I have the answers they're looking for (and am not convinced they exist), I find myself having an awkward conversation in which have to admit I'd...

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