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‘Evidence-based’ education policy – aspiration or fantasy?

Despite widespread calls for more ‘evidence-based’ education policy, I’m not entirely convinced – either by its possibility or desirability. Given that I work for an organisation that conducts research to help shape education policy, this might seem surprising. However, it’s about time we moved away from New Labour’s “what counts is what works” mantra. Instead, …

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Making Waves: Maybe it’s you who has the answer!

We are very excited to be launching a new 18 month project with Pearson, exploring: How the workload associated with assessment can be reduced; and, How teachers’ professional expertise in relation to assessment can be developed. The project is kicking off with our first ever ‘crowd-sourcing’ campaign, asking teachers, schools and groups of schools to …

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Come and join our growing team!

We’re delighted to announce that with a whole host of exciting projects lined up for the next academic year, we are once again growing our team. Projects on the horizon include: More work on youth homelessness following on from our groundbreaking study “A Place to Call Home.” A major international study of assessment practices. New …

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Understanding young people’s happiness and wellbeing

Today’s report from the Children’s Society on young people’s well-being is essential reading. It is thoroughly researched, robust and insightful. Below I summarise six of the report’s most interesting findings. 1. Young people’s life satisfaction is falling – but don’t forget the longer term trends There have been significant drops in young people’s happiness with …

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Pupil diary excerpts

Inside the black box: how high-performing schools create a positive culture

Anyone who has visited a range of schools soon notices the subtle but distinctive feel of different school cultures. Now, our latest research report, published today by the Department for Education, sets out in detail how these subtle differences can be pinned down in more concrete terms, and identifies the key practices that lie behind …

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