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PISA 2015: England’s results investigated

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post investigates what PISA 2015 results reveal about: Progress towards the government’s 2020 national performance targets; and Trends in the comparative performance of England’s high attainers. It compleme...
by Gifted Phoenix on Dec 13, 2016

Troubling TIMSS trends

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post reassesses Progress against the government’s national performance targets and The comparative performance of England’s high attaining pupils following publication of  the TIMSS 2015 international comp...
by Gifted Phoenix on Dec 10, 2016

Rescue Plan (or how to get from where we are to where we ought to be)

Originally posted on Eponymous : .  This post: Reviews progress to date on white paper policies to improve the education of higher attaining learners Considers some wider implications of the white paper’s commitment to equality of educational oppo...
by Gifted Phoenix on Aug 2, 2016

CHExit reactions and the issue on the West Philippine Sea

What would happen now that the International Abritration had declared in favor of the Philippines on the issue of China's occupation in the West Philippine Sea?  Filipinos are cheering the decision and are niow hoping for a CHExit.  Would China eve...
by The News Around Us on Jul 22, 2016

What’s amiss with the ITT core content framework?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post discusses the gap between what the schools white paper said would be in the ITT core content framework and what was actually published. . Background In a previous post – Differentiation in the ITT core c...
by Gifted Phoenix on Jul 19, 2016

Sir Michael on the most able

Originally posted on Eponymous : .  HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw devoted his monthly commentary for June 2016 to the education of our most able learners. He has consistently championed the education of the most able in non-selective secondary schools, h...
by Gifted Phoenix on Jun 20, 2016

Exposing the implications of ‘educational excellence everywhere’

Originally posted on Eponymous : . Several of my recent educational posts have mentioned the new-found commitment to ‘educational excellence everywhere’. This was the title selected for the March 2016 white paper, but it is also the strategic goa...
by Gifted Phoenix on May 26, 2016

The HE white paper underwhelms on fair access

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post compares white paper plans to strengthen fair access with the proposals set out in the green paper. It assesses each element of these plans and whether they amount to a convincing national strategy. It als...
by Gifted Phoenix on May 20, 2016

Ofqual’s W-turn on GCSE grade 9

Originally posted on Eponymous : . Ofqual is attempting a double-U-turn on how to define grade 9 in the new GCSE scale. This will affect the highest attaining learners in all our schools, all staff who teach them and all those who rely on GCSE grade...
by Gifted Phoenix on May 11, 2016

TIMSS PISA PIRLS: Morgan’s targets scrutinised

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post examines ministerial targets for improving England’s educational performance by 2020, as measured by international comparisons studies. It explores the evolution of these targets, how they might be inter...
by Gifted Phoenix on May 6, 2016

The Fair Education Alliance: A wasted opportunity?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . In April 2016 the Fair Education Alliance released its second annual report card. This post reviews progress against the five declared impact goals, as well as the recommendations for securing stronger progress in f...
by Gifted Phoenix on Apr 13, 2016

A blueprint for fair access?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post reviews fair access developments subsequent to publication of the HE green paper and preceding publication of the impending white paper. It asks whether some of the recommendations proffered by the Scottis...
by Gifted Phoenix on Apr 11, 2016

Differentiation in the ITT core content framework

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This short post anticipates the coverage of top-end differentiation in the imminent framework of core content for initial teacher training (ITT). . Background The Carter review of initial teacher training (ITT) (Jan...
by Gifted Phoenix on Mar 31, 2016

Education Excellence Everywhere for the most able

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This brief post offers a preliminary assessment of provision for the most able in the 2016 schools white paper. . Background There was a little-noticed commitment in the Conservative Election Manifesto: ‘We will m...
by Gifted Phoenix on Mar 18, 2016

Will the national funding formula support ‘excellence for all’?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post explores tensions between the ‘excellence for all’ objective now underpinning national education policy and the proposed design of the national funding formula for schools. It is framed as an explorato...
by Gifted Phoenix on Mar 15, 2016

Doing differentiation differently?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post compares how we do differentiation with how it’s done elsewhere. It explores the tension within education policy between autonomy and pedagogical prescription through the ‘forensic analysis’ of recen...
by Gifted Phoenix on Feb 25, 2016

The ‘Missing 520’

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post assesses the progress of English Russell Group universities in admitting students from areas with low levels of higher education participation. It reapplies a methodology used previously by the Sutton Trus...
by Gifted Phoenix on Feb 12, 2016

Why isn’t pupil premium closing excellence gaps?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post: Reviews the most recent statistical evidence of attainment gaps between disadvantaged high attainers and their peers. Questions why pupil premium is having no impact on these excellence gaps and Proposes...
by Gifted Phoenix on Feb 7, 2016

Policy Exchange to the Rescue?

Originally posted on Eponymous : . This post is mainly about Policy Exchange’s plans for ‘super-selective schools’, as proposed on Total Politics and reprised in Schools Week  . Digression It’s been a strange six months. Last July I official...
by Gifted Phoenix on Feb 1, 2016

Access and participation in the HE Green Paper

by Gifted Phoenix on Nov 18, 2015


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