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Moving beyond ‘fixed ability thinking’

by Sara Bragg, University of Brighton ‘Fixed ability thinking’ takes various forms, involving ability labelling, setting and streaming. It is a residual form of the discredited belief that intelligence is fixed and genetically transmitted. It persists as the ‘common sense’ … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 1)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford So here we are in the 21st century seeing an education system being shaped on 19th century patterns rather than a system for the future. In those days, a combination of religious and … Continue reading

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Predicting children’s “potential”: science or alchemy?

by Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University Victorian politicians were untroubled by the fact that children largely entered an occupation and class position similar to their parents. In fact, it was intended that this should happen, and the school system … Continue reading

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No genes for literacy

A report on new research The idea that poverty is passed down from generation to generation in our genes is the last refuge of scoundrels. For a conservative elite, it is clearly convenient to claim that welfare and education spending … Continue reading

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PISA’s class size myth

More PISA myths about top-performing school systems (part 3) Analysis by Pat Thomson and Terry Wrigley  Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s director of education and skills (the man in charge of PISA), recently circulated these comments to news websites. His title was … Continue reading

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