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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.

Britain must regain her educational reputation by utilising her own assets

Britain’s place as a world-leader in education may be consigned to the past, after repeated headlines regarding Britain’s slide down education league tables. Last month, the OECD found that the knowledge and skills of our adults are worse than those of Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, among others.

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.

Choice and competition actualise parents' wishes

This blog is part one of a response to James Park's article on markets in education at the progress@HSE blog. James Park has a very thoughtful critique of markets in education over on the progress@HSE blog.

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