Compare and contrast

Percent symbol dice

What does that innocuous ‘%’ symbol really mean? Kate Kelly ponders percentages

All things being equal

Ace of diamonds

Ben Smith discovers the power of propensity score matching

Forty Years On

Apples and oranges

Emma Armitage and Ben Jones dispel some of the myths that surround the evolution of standards, as historic A-level Computer Science papers come to light

Welcome to CERP

Welcome to the Centre for Education Research and Practice, where we aim to put research at the heart of policy and practice in the education and assessment sector.


Comment and opinion pieces by researchers and policy-makers from across the education sector.

Informing policy

Reports, submissions and documents relevant to education policy discussion in England and Wales.

Research library

Searchable library of research carried out by the Centre for Education Research and Practice, covering a wide range of topics across education and assessment.

Research themes

Our research themes section provides background information and context on topics of interest to those working in education research and policy.