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Janet Downs: If you look to Sweden to see how free schools work, you might “think twice”, says OECD guru

Autonomy is a slippery concept, said Andreas Schleicher*giving evidence to the Education Select Committee. It means different things in different countries. The United States, for example, is held up as an autonomous system, he said, but if you ask school heads they give a different story – they feel they have little freedom. And although free schools work well in countries ... read more and comment →

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Janet Downs: 10 myths promoted by the Department for Education

“Our major reforms, which are improving the lives of children and young people, are underpinned by a substantial programme of research and evaluation.” Anonymous Department for Education (DfE) spokeswoman, TES, 13 September 2013 This statement was in response to a lecture by Professor Robert Coe, Durham University, who said the Department for Education “misunderstands [and] misuses evidence”. Here are 10 examples showing how the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by jono: "The only "evidence" anywhere is that you dont let the government and its political ideology anywhere near education...."

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Janet Downs: Evidence that free schools drive up standards shows only modest improvement, can’t always be transferred to other school types and is contradicted in USA by latest test results from New York

“…evidence shows free schools are driving standards up across the board.” Michael Gove, 31 July 2013 But what is this evidence? The Department for Education (DfE) has provided an answer. First, the DfE rightly said more autonomous schools tend to have higher results. Greater autonomy, the DfE wrote, was an “essential feature of free schools”. But all UK schools have a high degree ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Finn Macevoy: "Blocking and indeed deletion of comments takes place regularly on this forum. This practice has been going on for some time. In this particular instance, the facts are quite clear. At least three blocks and then an auto response to a fourth attempted ......"

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Janet Downs: US Charter schools show “modest” progress after 20 years of investment, controversy and schools opening and closing.

After two decades, US Charter schools are at beginning to show “marginal improvements” generally since 2009, TES reports. But the latest National Charter School Study, published every four years by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), also shows that almost a third of charter schools still have a “significantly weaker” performance in maths than US public (state-maintained and ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Alexander Martin: "Yougov was listed number 40 in a list of polling accuracy issued by the New York Times after the last U.S. presidential election. That kind of accuracy, about average, may be good enough for the NUT and the Luddite Socialist Nobs ......"

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Allan Beavis: How successful have Charter Schools, the US version of Free Schools, been in improving education?

There have recently been quite vociferous calls on this site for “evidence” to support criticism of the free schools and academies policy. With more news this morning of a last minute education budget slash of £155m and fears that the impact will disproportionately hit the poorest parts of the country coming so soon after the DfE announced an allocation of £35m ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Allan Beavis: "Here is a new piece by Diane Ravitch on the Cathie Back debacle in New York and Washington's obsession with private sector companies and individuals running schools. It is easy to say that this is happening in America, but very ......"

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