The emergence of free schools: what, why and when?

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There is a lot of discussion about what ‘free schools’ represent and what they offer to modern parents and children. Let’s take a look at what they’re all about. The free school concept was championed by education secretary Michael Gove after the formation of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition in 2010. Such schools were approved under the... Read more »

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Are Exams the Best Way to Test Students?

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In the UK and across the world, exams are the main mode of assessment for students and children. Schools in England begin to assess their pupils through exams from the age of 7 in the form of Key Stage 1 SATs. Standardised tests have become the normalised method to determine academic ability within our education system, but — are exams really the optimum... Read more »

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Pressure on infant school places

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Thirteen percent of pupils miss out on their first choice of primary school, says The Guardian gloomily. Read it another way, and 87 percent of pupils did get in to the school their parents wanted them to attend in the recent admissions round. This figure has hardly changed since last year, which is extraordinary, given... Read more »

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