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London schools: the ethnicity debate -
Sam Baars and Meena Parameshwaran When we’re debating the extent to which the success of London’s schools is due to the capital’s ethnic makeup, we need to keep sight of two important considerations. Firstly, we need to avoid crude definitions of ethnicity that ignore migration generation. Secondly, we need to avoid ‘either/or’ explanations and acknowledge that the effect of...
Are teachers able to put in effort where it matters? -
Part 3 of ‘The Standards Puzzle’  By Sarah Jones and Meena Parameshwaran Over the past two blog posts in this series we have looked at the premises in Sam Freedman’s blog on standards, asking whether we can be sure they are correct. The first blog considered whether children really are happier and the second blog dug a little deeper into how we judge academic...
The alternative should not be inferior: What now for ‘pushed out’ learners? -
Statistics released by the Department for Education last month reveal that only one percent of pupils in ‘alternative provision’ and PRUs (pupil referral units) achieved five good GCSEs in 2013-14 (A*-C including English and Maths). Furthermore, of those entered for a GCSE in Maths or English, only one-in-ten achieved a C or above. A new report published today -“The...
Improving Coastal and Rural Schools -
By Loic Menzies- LKMco Director When you get a group of inspiring experts like Tim Brighouse and Robert Hill in a room, the thought-provoking discussion and ideas quickly flow. That's what happened today at the IPPR when they convened a roundtable of education experts to discuss school improvement in coastal and rural areas. I haven't had time to write a proper blog but here...

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