Metascience: the one idea that could revolutionise educational research?
The most controversial research paper of all time? There have been some pretty provocative article titles in the history of science. But few come close to a paper I chanced upon during my undergraduate studies in philosophy: John Ioannidis’ 2005 essay “Why Most Published Research Findings are False”. The content of the article is even…
‘Speak for Change’ Oracy APPG Inquiry Interim Findings
Today, the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has released an interim report which highlights that young people have unequal access to opportunities to develop their oracy skills in schools in England. It emphasises the vital importance of developing students’ confidence and competence in spoken language particularly as the disruption to children’s education over this past…
Disadvantage in early secondary school
“By year 9 the average disadvantaged pupil has missed 33 days of school – equivalent to a month and a half of schooling, compared to 20 days for other pupils.” Our new report reveals the extent of gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in early secondary school. Working with Manchester Metropolitan University and the…
Generating political will for educational equity: When it’s all true. But it’s not all the truth.
Trump defeated, Dom Cummings in retreat from Downing Street – box in hand and tail between legs. It’s almost as if the wind has gone from the billowing sails of populism. Only time will tell whether November represented a blip in populism’s ascendency, or the start of a more existential crisis. However, the page is…
The Evidence Is in – It’s Time to Close the Digital Divide
Guest blog from Neil Bates, Chair of the Edge Foundation and former FE college Principal The pandemic has affected almost every aspect of our lives. It has accelerated the use of, and dependency on, technology to communicate with loved ones, run our businesses, do our work and shop for goods and services. For most of…
The Digital Divide: Closing the achievement gap in the connected classroom
Just 1% of primary state schools provide devices that their pupils can take home, compared to 38% of private primary schools according to new survey data from Teacher Tapp featured in a new report published today by Microsoft in association with The Centre for Education and Youth. As schools continue to flex and adjust to…