PISA 2018

PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is funded by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The programme started in 2000 with tests happening every three years. PISA is the most rigorous project ever undertaken to assess what makes schooling effective. PISA tests are computer-based, administered to a sample of 15-year-olds in each... Continue Reading →

Exam Malpractice

In September 2019 John Dunford published his malpractice in exams report for JCQ (the Joint Council for Qualifications).  JCQ is in fact run by the exam boards, but then they are responsible for detecting and preventing malpractice. In 2018 there were 2735 penalties for malpractice – a small number given that 11.5 million certificates were... Continue Reading →

Does class size matter?

Professor Barnaby Lenon, Dean of Education, looks at the impact of class sizes. Class sizes in the UK are quite large – an average of 25 at primary schools compared to an OECD average of 21. There are mixed opinions amongst researchers about the merits of smaller class sizes. PISA research suggested that small class... Continue Reading →

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