Presenting at yesterday's ResearchEd2013 was a terrifying, thrilling, exciting experience. The day has already been encapsulated by others so I won't tread that ground here (see Sam's and Debra's blogs for more), but I can wholeheartedly say it was a … Read More
A couple of weeks ago I spent a few days in New York meeting people involved in education. The result of what I found is described in my latest LKMCo post here: What If Everything You Thought About Education Was … Read More
A few people have recently asked about the books I would recommend to get an overview of education policy making. Below are the ones I have found most helpful. I would love for people to add their own recommendations in … Read More
On Saturday I presented at the Research & Creative Activities Forum here at the University of Missouri. It's a competitive forum for graduate students to present their research and the whole day was mind-blowing. Quite unusually I was presenting a … Read More
The Coalition's education ministers seem convinced that academy-chains are "the next big thing". Money is available for academy sponsors to take over failing(ish) schools, and chains are an increasing player in upcoming 'Free Schools'. Theoretically, 'successful' chains will deliver the … Read More
This morning @toryeducation asked me to say "something useful" about a piece of research they sent a link to. I was surprised to find the piece is about physics lectures for 850 undergrads in a Canadian university. My blogging and … Read More
In Thursday's Parliamentary Written Questions, information was released about the GCSE results of pupils who attend mainstream state-funded schools, have no special educational needs and are eligible for free schools. In essence: "poor kids".
The results were broken down by ethnicity … Read More
In Charles Payne's book So Much Reform, So Little Change he tells the story of a stranger arriving into a school. The stranger gathers all the staff together, stands on a chair and holds above them a giant pot of … Read More
One of the things guaranteed to annoy me is when people assume that poor children all have low aspirations, and that 'choice' is something only preserved for the 'middle and upper class' children. Life just isn't that simple.
Reviewing more works … Read More
One of my few creations in education policy is something I like to call the 'Quantum Leap Theory of Education Reform'. It's based on the idea that people reforming education are constantly trying to 'put right what once went wrong' just … Read More