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Measuring progress on tackling the impact of poverty. Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

How to improve the chances of poor children at school

Overcoming educational disadvantage is not easy. Even before they enter the school gates for the first time, a variety of factors including inheritance, social class, parenting style and family income…
Teachers don’t have all the answers. Question marks via Shutterstock

We still don’t know what works in education

Education is one of the largest academic research enterprises in England, and yet in over 50 years, research into education has failed to find useful answers to many of the most basic questions about how…
My mum could use that extra cash. Peter Macdiarmid/PA

New childcare accounts help those who already afford quality

The coalition has placed a series of new plans on the table with regard to childcare and early years education. Most eye-catching is the new “tax-free childcare” scheme: from September 2015, for every…
Do I get a pupil premium with that? Chris Radburn/PA Archive

If school meals are free, how do we know who needs help?

As September approaches, primary schools up and down the country are preparing to roll out universal free school lunches for all children in reception, year 1 and year 2. But if all meals are free, what…

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