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Social inequalities in access to high quality teachers

Today the Social Market Foundation’s Commission on Inequality in Education publishes a new piece of work that we have co-authored, arguing that inequalities in access to high quality teachers across schools may contribute to social inequalities in educational outcomes. Those who work in education often hear anecdotes suggesting that schools serving more disadvantaged communities have [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:52:02+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Revisiting how many language teachers we need to deliver the EBacc

Last year we said we thought we needed about 2,500 extra language teachers to deliver the manifesto commitment to teach the EBacc to all students at KS4. In 2015, 50% of students in state mainstream schools were entered for a GCSE language, so achieving universal provision is an enormous undertaking. Some of these students can [...]

By | 2017-05-22T16:55:30+00:00 March 11th, 2016|School accountability, Teacher careers|

Understanding pay differentials in senior leadership

Today at Mulberry School for Girls in east London (one of my PGCE placement schools well over a decade ago), headteachers and policy makers are coming together to consider how we can address the gender imbalance in headship in our schools. Not everyone agrees there is a problem that needs to be solved. As Andrew [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:49:21+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Teacher careers|

Can Chinese Teachers Improve our Maths?

I recently watched the recent BBC series 'Are Our Kids Tough Enough: Chinese School' which followed the experiences of five maths teachers from China as they started teaching in a school in Southampton. I anticipated that I might learn something that might explain the very high levels of attainment of students from China in international [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:47:41+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Pupil demographics, Teacher careers|

Departmental heads in the sand: Why your department is performing worse than you think

How’s your driving? Below average, pretty normal, or better than most? Research suggests that the majority of our readers have just answered ‘better than most’. They are surely wrong. Only half of drivers can be better than the median. The other half are, by definition, below it. This is an example of what psychologists call [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:46:45+00:00 July 30th, 2015|School accountability, Teacher careers|

How hard should we work to get physics and maths graduates into the classroom?

Last week we published a report with data that suggests non-physics graduates can teach physics to GCSE standard just as well as physics graduates. Does mean that the Government’s battery of programmes to get physics and maths specialists into teaching is unnecessary? Probably not, for two reasons: 1. We appear to be hurtling into a [...]

By | 2017-03-03T09:43:15+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Teacher careers|

Women dominate the teaching profession, but men are winning the pay game

It has been well reported that women fall behind men in their rates of promotion to school senior leadership positions. The well-versed reasons for this are similar to other professions, with women taking more time than men out of the labour market when they become parents, many deliberately choosing to take lower responsibility roles and [...]

By | 2016-12-07T12:55:38+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Teacher careers|

Teachers with a physics degree may improve entry rates to GCSE Physics, but don’t appear to affect attainment

We want the nation’s children to be taught by teachers who are passionate experts in the subject they teach. There is widespread concern that many children are taught science and maths by teachers without an academic degree in the subject. This shortage is most acutely felt in physics, with large numbers of unfilled teacher training [...]

By | 2016-12-07T12:55:39+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Exams and assessment, Teacher careers|

Seven things you might not know about our schools

This evening we launch Education Datalab with a report ‘Seven things you might not know about our schools'. Rich data on our schools has been available for over a decade now but, as we hope this report shows, there is still much we can learn. Every piece of analysis we show in this report is [...]