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Performance Related Pay and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Schools

During the final term of last year I heard numerous stories from highly stressed teachers, all worried about not receiving an incremental pay rise owing to anxiety over whether their pupils’ test scores were going to hit designated targets. To put it mildly, these teachers didn’t seem fans of the new performance related pay system…

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Is the chase for exam grades an illusion?

In the educational marketplace, exam results have become the ‘currency’. Chris Carpenter challenges this narrative and argues grades have become subject to ‘commodity fetishism’ in contemporary education. In formal education settings assessment grades, and in particular the grades offered by passing formal exams, have become the ‘hard currency’ of education. This has become especially true […]

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Schools in an age of austerity

How might the likely post-general election funding squeeze effect schools? Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact for Teach First and former Policy Advisor to Michael Gove, explores the consequences, concluding it could force schools to make some significant decisions regarding their futures. Over the course of the last Labour Government schools saw huge […]

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