Category: Michael Gove

A sea change in evidence?

Andrew Morris reports from a recent LSRN meeting on FE’s growing use of evidence If South Staffordshire College, Thurrock Adult Community College and HMP Dovegate are anything to go by, a significant change in the use of evidence is indeed

Posted in Evidence-based practice, FE colleges, LSRN, Professionalism, Research, Staff development

Research, evidence and the new professional standards

Andrew Morris discusses ways ahead for the sector in using evidence to improve professional practice. (Please note that this is a revised and extended version of an ‘FE Expert’ column originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 30th May 2014.) Whether

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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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A privatised route to falling standards

Creeping privatisation and competition in state education has been a disaster across the globe almost everywhere it has been tried and yet the Coalition government seems hell-bent on pursuing it. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is repeatedly accused of putting

Posted in Michael Gove, Policy, Privatisation

The Wolf Report on vocational education – unanswered questions

The Wolf Report on vocational education for 14–19 year olds could prove to be one of those rare documents that marks a real turning of the tide – the point at which one educational orthodoxy starts to crumble and another

Posted in Alison Wolf, Further Education, Michael Gove, Vocational Education