. This post investigates the Government’s latest efforts to establish a national network of university-sponsored specialist mathematics free schools for … Continue reading Specialist maths schools, again
. This is a revised and updated version of How should England close its excellence gaps? (January 2018) . . … Continue reading England’s excellence gaps revisited
. First edition: January 2018 . This is an important turning point in the evolution of national education policy. Departing Secretary … Continue reading How should England close its excellence gaps?
. This short post reviews performance at the higher standard in the 2017 KS2 national curriculum assessments, comparing this year’s … Continue reading Monitoring the KS2 higher standard
. This extended post investigates resurgent interest in specialist maths schools, as displayed by the Tories under Theresa May. It: … Continue reading The resurrection of specialist maths schools?
. Summary This post explores the emerging definition of learners from ‘ordinary working families’ and the evidence published to date … Continue reading The ‘ordinary working families’ fallacy
. This extended post challenges the argument that all learners can be high attainers. It sets out the various strands … Continue reading Know Your Limits!
. Brighton College to clone the London Academy of Excellence, a selective 16-19 free school, in every opportunity area … Continue reading April Fool!
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. This short post outlines problems with ‘most able education’ – and what needs to change to bring about national … Continue reading Eight types of ambiguity
. …Or ‘An exercise in policy design’. . This post considers proposals emerging for new selective schools that would select … Continue reading Pupil premium grammar schools
. This post investigates the practice of introducing selective grammar streams into comprehensive schools. It: Reviews recent advocacy for this … Continue reading Investigating grammar streams
. This post compiles some of the most recent and telling statistics about the state of high attainment in England. … Continue reading Rounding-up: Killer stats and 10-point plan
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https://twitter.com/ProfCoe/status/532827085564575744 https://twitter.com/profstig/status/532865591288164352 I had been intending never to revisit the difficult topic of setting, secure in… Continue reading The Politics of Setting
. This post investigates what PISA 2015 results reveal about: Progress towards the government’s 2020 national performance targets; and Trends … Continue reading PISA 2015: England’s results investigated
. This post reassesses Progress against the government’s national performance targets and The comparative performance of England’s high attaining pupils … Continue reading Troubling TIMSS trends
. This post features analysis of the 2016 primary transition matrices, but mostly raises awkward questions. . Context Publication of … Continue reading The perennial problem of primary high attainers
. This post probes the ‘centres of excellence’ proposal in the selection green paper. ‘Schools that work for everyone’ (September … Continue reading Making sense of centres of excellence
. This post reports five-year trends in the admission of disadvantaged students to selective universities, as revealed by the government’s … Continue reading Advancing by slow degrees
. This experimental post revisits the question whether all grammar schools are effective in closing attainment gaps between disadvantaged students … Continue reading Do grammar schools close attainment gaps?
. I included in my last post, on the selection green paper, a set of seven draft principles to inform … Continue reading How best to educate ‘poor, bright kids’?
. This extended post is about the selection green paper and the prime ministerial speech preceding it. I come at … Continue reading Be careful what you wish for
. This post is about the new ‘achieving at a higher standard’ headline measure that will now feature in the … Continue reading Only 5% of primary pupils achieve at a higher standard
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This post considers how England’s selective schools are addressing socio-economic disadvantage. Another irrelevant Norwegian vista by… Continue reading The Politics of Selection: Grammar Schools and Disadvantage
. This post: Reviews progress to date on white paper policies to improve the education of higher attaining learners Considers … Continue reading Rescue Plan (or how to get from where we are to where we ought to be)
. This post discusses the gap between what the schools white paper said would be in the ITT core content … Continue reading What’s amiss with the ITT core content framework?
. HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw devoted his monthly commentary for June 2016 to the education of our most able learners. … Continue reading Sir Michael on the most able
. Several of my recent educational posts have mentioned the new-found commitment to ‘educational excellence everywhere’. This was the title … Continue reading Exposing the implications of ‘educational excellence everywhere’
. This post compares white paper plans to strengthen fair access with the proposals set out in the green paper. … Continue reading The HE white paper underwhelms on fair access
. Ofqual is attempting a double-U-turn on how to define grade 9 in the new GCSE scale. This will affect the … Continue reading Ofqual’s W-turn on GCSE grade 9
. This post examines ministerial targets for improving England’s educational performance by 2020, as measured by international comparisons studies. It … Continue reading TIMSS PISA PIRLS: Morgan’s targets scrutinised
. In April 2016 the Fair Education Alliance released its second annual report card. This post reviews progress against the … Continue reading The Fair Education Alliance: A wasted opportunity?
. . This post reviews fair access developments subsequent to publication of the … Continue reading A blueprint for fair access?
. This short post anticipates the coverage of top-end differentiation in the imminent framework of core content for initial teacher … Continue reading Differentiation in the ITT core content framework
. This brief post offers a preliminary assessment of provision for the most able in the 2016 schools white paper. … Continue reading Education Excellence Everywhere for the most able
. This post explores tensions between the ‘excellence for all’ objective now underpinning national education policy and the proposed design … Continue reading Will the national funding formula support ‘excellence for all’?
. . . . . . This post compares how we … Continue reading Doing differentiation differently?
. This post assesses the progress of English Russell Group universities in admitting students from areas with low levels of … Continue reading The ‘Missing 520’
. This post: Reviews the most recent statistical evidence of attainment gaps between disadvantaged high attainers and their peers. … Continue reading Why isn’t pupil premium closing excellence gaps?
. This post is mainly about Policy Exchange’s plans for ‘super-selective schools’, as proposed on Total Politics and reprised in … Continue reading Policy Exchange to the Rescue?
. This post casts a critical eye over the proposals for widening participation and fair access in the Higher Education … Continue reading Access and participation in the HE Green Paper
. This post provides updated information about trends in Key Stage 2 Level 6 performance. . Background Two further datasets … Continue reading Closing the curtains on key stage 2 level 6 assessment
. I wanted to find out how many of our 163 grammar schools give priority to disadvantaged pupils in their … Continue reading Which grammar schools want more pupil premium students?
. This is an exploratory discussion document. I wrote it to try to understand more clearly the current situation. I … Continue reading Measuring primary attainment and progress (version 2: 11 November 2015)
. Having spent several years bewailing the limited availability of national data on excellence gaps, I was pleasantly surprised to … Continue reading New Transition Matrices Reveal Worrying Excellence Gaps
. Today (20 October 2015) saw the publication of the latest DfE destinations data. It was contained in SFR40/2015: Provisional … Continue reading FSM admissions to Oxbridge STILL showing no improvement
. This week’s media debate about the value of grammar schools as instruments of social mobility has been profoundly depressing. … Continue reading If not grammar schools, what?
. This post considers whether the forthcoming Higher Education Green Paper will propose radical reform to bring about fair access … Continue reading Can we expect a rocket boost for fair access?
I am increasingly concerned about NCETM’s notion that ‘stretch and challenge’ should always involve studying the same material in … Continue reading More About Mastery, Depth and High Attainers
Note: This is an updated version of a post that first appeared on 7 September 2015. It includes data … Continue reading Progress report on KCL and Exeter Maths Free Schools: Second Edition
My attention was drawn to a recent Spectator article by Alison Wolf ‘What I’ve learned helping to found a … Continue reading Progress report on KCL and Exeter Maths Free Schools
SFR30/2015 ‘National curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England, 2015 (provisional)’ was published on 27 August 2015. This is … Continue reading Provisional KS2 Level 6 Results for 2015