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The importance of a broader approach to education reform evaluation – the evidence from academic/vocational tracking in Sweden

When analysing the effects of education reforms, researchers tend to restrict themselves to traditional outcomes, such as pupil achievement and attainment. There are exceptions, but they are still relatively few.

Freedman’s no Friedman on for-profit schools

In a recent blog post, Sam Freedman, former advisor to Education Secretary Michael Gove, announced that he has changed his mind about the viability of for-profit schools. He no longer believes such schools can ‘improve the current education system as it is’. This is for three reasons: 1.

Restricting competition and innovation will only stultify educational progress

This blog is part two of a response to James Park's article on markets in education at the progress@HSE blog. The examples Park gives are far from mechanistic.

School choice and education quality

England’s education reforms will have little quantifiable impact on education quality unless government makes significant reforms to increase school autonomy and competition, and lifts the ban on for-profit schools. The majority of parents cannot exercise school choice effectively because:

IPPR report fails to provide persuasive arguments against profit-making schools

In a new IPPR report, Rick Muir argues that profit-making free schools should remain banned.

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