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I had a dream

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Julie Randles remembers her 13 year old self when she believed in better Can you remember what you were doing when you were 13? Details are a bit hazy for me, but I know I was very into music (Meat Loaf and Abba at the time – I developed more musical taste later); I was… Read more »

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Scotland’s access challenge

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s report on Scottish higher education access Nicola Sturgeon has placed education at the top of the government’s agenda. By making her deputy John Swinney responsible for education in her cabinet, she has given a clear signal of how highly she prioritises the issue. And in looking again at… Read more »

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It was unveiled exactly five years ago today. Nine months in gestation, costing only £14,000 to produce, the Pupil Premium Toolkit started life as a 20-page report published by the Sutton Trust. There had been summaries of education research before. But what made our Toolkit different was its accessible ‘Which guide’ format designed specifically with… Read more »

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Higher ambitions

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Sir Peter Lampl offers his perspective on this week’s higher education white paper Jo Johnson, the higher education minister, published his education White Paper Success as a Knowledge Economy this week. Its strapline promises reform to enhance teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. The focus on social mobility is welcome, but action must accompany… Read more »

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Changing the law

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Kathryn Davies on the background to today’s Pathways to Law expansion. ‘The law is the bedrock of a nation’. It’s a quote I’ve seen many times in applications from Law students over the years. It is exactly the sort of vague quotation (used to indicate an interest in law because of its vast, all incorporating… Read more »

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Britain’s self-perpetuating elite

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Lee Elliot Major says that an increasingly exclusive rich is bad news for social mobility. The tell-tale signs of our self-perpetuating elite can be seen in recent apparently unconnected news stories. Figures from the Human Mortality Database (sadly a data resource to which we will all one day contribute) found that the gap between the… Read more »

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At debt’s door

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Sir Peter Lampl on the implications of today’s Degrees of Debt report For some time, I’ve been worried about the levels of debt being amassed by British students. I backed the increases in tuition fees to £3,000 back in 2004 because I could see that it was necessary to fund universities. But then there was… Read more »

Primary data

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James Richardson, Senior Analyst at the Education Endowment Foundation, discusses how their Families of Schools database can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. For teachers, context is king. How can we understand the challenges of any one school until we have actually taught there? It might be true that nothing can substitute for hours in… Read more »

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Primary selection

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s report on primary admissions On Monday, hundreds of thousands of parents in England will learn whether or not they have secured a place for their children at their preferred primary school. For many, that will be their nearest primary; for others it may be faith-based schools. For some,… Read more »