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Advocates of ‘school choice’ are often talking about wanting public funding for models like charter schools, but specialized programs should also be considered part of school choice debates. (Shutterstock)

‘School choice’ policies are associated with increased separation of students by social class

Letting parents choose which school their child attends positions parents as consumers, and often diverts students and funding away from public schools.
Students don’t always know if they are making any progress in their learning. from www.shutterstock.com

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Our current way of assessing students doesn’t let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.
Imagine a school with no year levels or set curriculum – could it work?

What if young people designed their own learning?

Our education system fails to amplify students’ creativity and interest in learning. To continue along the current path is increasingly unscientific, unjustifiable and plain dull.
Education reforms in the spotlight. Students in class via Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Only one in ten education reforms analysed for their impact: OECD

Only a tenth of education reforms carried out around the world since 2008 have been analysed by governments for the impact they have on children’s education. A new report by the Organisation for Economic…
Gove: Shutting the door on education. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Gove’s revolution leaves behind a fast-food education system

In what must surely be seen as a significant demotion, secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, has been moved to become chief whip in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle. Given he is such a big fan…
Some schools just need a push. EPA/Gary Rothstein

Explainer: what was the Louisiana school takeover?

The Department for Education has been scrambling to end the crisis over allegations of extremism at Muslim schools in Birmingham (the so-called Trojan Horse affair). Among all the ideas floated, one, the…

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