Friday, 27 August 2010

PEN Summer Reading #4

Friday 27th August

Alongside the usual avalanche of opinion on this week's GCSE results, this interesting piece from the BBC shows the most significant trends, based on real data. You can view the equivalent piece for A Levels here .
Guest post from the Chair of Governors at a London school points out that this years results actually show a relative improvement in the state sector compared to private, at both A Level and GCSE.
Writing on the Public Finance blog, Conor Ryan argues that when prospects are so bleak for those getting their results this week, the usual criticism of dumbing down should be eschewed in favour of congratulating our young people.
Writing in The Guardian Estelle Morris argues that we must not let the recession and cuts cause young people to lose faith in the power of education to change their lives.
Interesting interview with a headteacher who has used strong leadership and unconventional methods to turn around a challenging school.
Another school success story, The Independent reports that strong leadership helped Perry Beeches become "the most improved school ever over a three-year period".
Excellent article in Prospect magazine argues that introducing another type of school is not the way to improve educational standards system wide.
Great resource from The National College. Results of a research project which investigated a sample of schools which had improved pupil learning outcomes over at least three consecutive years under the leadership of the same headteacher.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb has made no secret of his admiration for this American academic and his views on core knowledge and 'cultural literacy'. Patrick Watson explores the detail behind these ideas.

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