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Is two too late? -
By Sarah Jones, LKMco Associate Having an eight-month old baby snoozing on your lap while you read education news gives you a whole new perspective. “Ready to Read”, a brilliant new report from the “Read on, Get on” coalition has managed to make me feel both reassured and anxious. According to the report, I’m right to force her to read bed time stories even though she would...
What FSM does and doesn’t, tell us about pupil disadvantage -
By Dr Sam Baars, Dr Meena Parameshwaran and Loic Menzies In a new blog for FFT’s datalab Dave Thomson emphasises the fact that eligibility for Free School Meals is affected by economic and political conditions. This is just one of the many problems with using FSM as a proxy for disadvantage. Yet unfortunately, despite its ubiquity the measure is plagued by a number of...
The UKIP voters of tomorrow -
By Dr Meenakshi Parameshwaran - LKMco Research Associate The 2015 General Election held a lot of surprises, not least the fact that almost 4 million people turned out to endorse UKIP. Although the party won just a single seat, support for the far-right party was remarkably high, particularly in the more disadvantaged areas of the country. Sam Freedman suggested that the...
Reception Baseline Assessment - an alternative suggestion -
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the concerns I have with the new reception baseline. Some people took this to mean I’m against all testing of tiny children (I’m not – good teachers at all stages assess all the time) and against the approved baseline providers (again, I’m not –all the providers I spoke to were absolutely lovely, very helpful, and very interested in creating...

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