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Every three years the education world is thrown into turmoil as the media report findings from the latest PISA study. This time is no different, with reports that England is ‘lagging dramatically behind’ other countries and calls to align our … Continue reading

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It is a widely held assumption among policymakers that the way to tackle childhood obesity – particularly among working class children – is to get them all doing lots of school sport. And after the success of the London 2012 … Continue reading

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From September 2014, primary schools will have to teach a foreign language to pupils in key stage 2 (7–11 year olds). Many already teach foreign languages, in part because of the last Labour government’s decision to introduce an entitlement to … Continue reading

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Thousands of pupils and parents are anxiously waiting for GCSE results, this week. Many parents will have invested hundreds of pounds on ‘topping-up’ their children’s schooling with private tutoring, while others will not have even considered supplementing the work their … Continue reading

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The New York Times had an interesting piece at the weekend about Mandarin immersion charter schools. Controversially, parents in New Jersey want to set up charter schools in middle class areas, with a specialist focus on Mandarin. As with the … Continue reading

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There has been a lot of media interest recently in the LSE research on the impact of academies by Stephen Machin and James Vernoit. This excellent research paper gives supporters of academy schools plenty of grounds for believing that the … Continue reading

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Here’s an inspiration for a free school or, even better, a University Technical College: Black Mountain College. Instead of a school for young people ‘turned off by purely academic study‘, as David Cameron puts it, how about one for students radically turned … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog. A few times each week, I’ll use it to set out some thoughts on issues that matter to our public life – from the perspective of someone who holds progressive values and who has spent his … Continue reading

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