Month: January 2014

Appeals and complaints to Ofsted – consultancy for free?

Colin Forrest, Mike Cooper and Carolyn Medlin of the Policy Consortium discuss some of the potential questions and issues arising about Ofsted’s complaints system, as described in the preceding edition of FE Week. In a previous article for FE Week,

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First major inquiry into adult learning for over a decade

Ian Nash, member of the Policy Consortium, unpicks the subtleties behind the headlines on the BIS inquiry into adult learning … The first parliamentary inquiry for 13 years looking exclusively into the state of adult literacy and numeracy was announced

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DfE can’t disguise a hit on the disadvantaged

Mick Fletcher, member of the Policy Consortium, scrutinises the DfE impact assessment for the cut to funding for 18 year olds. Imagine a man (let’s call him Matthew) who is embarrassed at his short stature. Instead of saying he is

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Will neuroscience help education sort the truth from the quackery?

Little or no sound evidence exists to support claims that brain training, and other brain-based programmes that are now used widely in schools and colleges will accelerate learning and improve performance. Even the much-vaunted Brain Gym has precious little peer-reviewed

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