Our Biggest Problem

The biggest problem in our schools is the low level of education reached by about 30% of children – worse than in other rich countries.  Many of them (but far from all) are from poorer homes.  These children are behind by the age of 4 and few catch up.  In England, the latest data shows... 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 →

International Day of the Girl

  Since 2012, October 11th has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme was: GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable Global charities working in the gender equality and... Continue Reading →

Teaching That Is Right Not Wrong

British teenagers have lower IQs than 30 years ago, reversing the ‘Flynn effect’, seeing scores rise in 20th century. Professor Flynn believes the drop is due to youth culture stagnating and dumbing down. Is a decline in speaking related? Children find face-to-face conversation ‘too much effort’, preferring to watch YouTube than meet friends or pursue... 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 →

The Trouble with Teacher Recruitment

Current educational headlines and social media posts talk of a crisis in teacher recruitment. Who will join a profession that seems to be haemorrhaging qualified educators every term? But what’s the real story? There must be a reason why people don’t feel attracted to our challenging but utterly rewarding profession. So what makes some wonderful... Continue Reading →

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