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The labour-market effects of charter schools

In the past couple of decades, the American charter school sector – comprising of autonomous schools similar to academies – has grown considerably. Today, about 5 percent of children in the US attend charter schools nationally, but there is considerable variation across states.

The dangers of teacher assessment

In most countries, externally marked tests have come to play an increasingly important role in education. In the UK nations, examinations determining pupils’ grades have for long been centrally marked. Until recently, however, many GCSE and A-level courses have included some teacher-assessed elements – and many have lamented the government’s determination to eliminate these components.

Teachers’ contribution to the future of pupils go far beyond their improving academic outcomes

Everybody agrees that teachers are important for improving academic outcomes. But how important are they for improving non-cognitive outcomes? There’s surprisingly little research analysing this issue.

Should we allow faith selection? Should the 50% cap be lifted from faith selective schools to allow their expansion?

With a view to increasing the number of good school places and thereby improving social mobility, the government has proposed a series of measures to ‘unlock’ new supply from ‘premium’ Sponsors from the independent sector, from HE, grammar school groups, and faith communities.

Further work required: selective schooling, outcomes, and a better way towards more equitable education

As part of a wider commitment to improving social mobility by increasing the number of good school places, the government has proposed reform and expansion of grammar schools, prohibited since the 1998 School Standards and Frameworks Act.


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