Qualifications

MISLEADING IMPLICATION According to the dictionary , ‘transformed’ means ‘to change (something) completely and usually in a good way.’ That’s what I... Read more
Social mobility, or rather evidence of the increasing lack of it, is rarely out of the news. In my book, ‘ Learning Matters ‘ I argue that, ‘there is... Read more
‘Call to ban students with poor English and maths from universities’, says TES commenting on the OECD report ‘Building Skills for All: Review of... Read more
Thank you, I am delighted to be here. This book is a truly collaborative effort, a distillation of the thinking and writing of the four founders of... Read more
The launch last week of LSN’s first book The Truth About Our Schools at Goldsmiths, University of London, covered in detail here , provided a good... Read more
The DfE's press release on today's GCSE data was originally titled " academies lead the way as school performance tables are published ", as the URL... Read more
Many years ago, when I was a physics teacher, I gave a test like this to my top set Y11 GCSE students. The results were very poor. I have since... Read more
Once upon a time schools complained of ‘whiplash’ when working under Michael Gove, wrote Laura McInerney in her School Weeks’ editorial (15 January... Read more
The following is from an article thatappeared in the Sunday Times on 10 January 2016. I have read the full version in the newspaper. "Tens of... Read more
MORGAN AND PISA 2000 The Department for Education has admitted to the UK Statistics Authority* that its quality assurance didn’t prevent the ‘... Read more
I’ve rolled my eyes many times over pontificating politicians confusing ‘systematic’ and ‘synthetic’ when discussing phonics. But it’s more serious... Read more
Children should learn ‘fundamental, abstract mathematics’ such as Pythagoras’s theorem, schools minister Nick Gibb told the Schools Week/FE Week*... Read more
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‘ I want you to imagine a country. Where 1 in 3 young people left primary school unable to read, write and add up properly .’ This was the vision... Read more
Le pavillon noir frappé d'une tête de mort à la proue du bateau ne laisse aucun doute sur les intentions de la famille Schmitt :sous le soleil de... Read more
This suggestion was featured in the Independent of 25 August. Most schools teach GCSE maths in ability sets. Set 1 has a higher C grade pass rate... Read more
‘What’s happening in our state schools is little short of a miracle. Staggering advances have been made by teachers and Academies freed from the... Read more
In the past, exam boards ‘pandered to some in the educational establishment who believed that qualifications should assess vague thinking skills... Read more