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The White Paper – Why ‘What Works’ is not so straightforward

Who could possibly argue with Nicky Morgan’s vision of education demonstrated in Educational Excellence Everywhere?… Educational excellence everywhere as a concept is a great vision. However there are some other shortcomings in Nicky Morgan’s vision of educational excellence about which I have seen little comment. Here are four…

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The White Paper – whose evidence is it anyway?

On 17th March 2016, the Government published its white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. This is the second major, recent government document that uses the term ‘evidence-based practice’ frequently…Educational Excellence Everywhere uses it 27 times, including nine times in the short section about initial teacher education.

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Time to get serious about research around parental engagement with schools

A strong argument has been emerging for some time that there is a concerning lack of rigour underpinning much of the research in this area. The proliferation of research and practical wisdom that declare how strong and effective relationships between schools and parents will improve achievement and make our children happier may actually be built […]

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Evidence-informed practice needs practice-based enquiry

Ben Goldacre’s recent call for more randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education has renewed interest in evidence-based or -informed practice. Large-scale syntheses of existing studies, such as John Hattie’s, have also become popular reading. While such evidence is thought to tell us ‘what works best’, it does not always reveal why. It is also not […]

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