Perspectives

'Perspectives' are comment and opinion pieces from those across the education, research and policy sector. Those invited to write are encouraged to express their own views; the opinions shared here are therefore those of the individual authors, not the Centre for Education Research and Practice.

  1. Reviewing Rasch decisions

    15 February 2013

    Back in the 60s, British statisticians vigorously rejected a new analytical technique developed by Danish mathematician Georg Rasch. In so doing, they condemned the UK to an analytical backwater, argues Peter Tymms.

  2. On the right track?

    5 February 2013

    What is the impact of splitting school children onto different educational tracks based on academic ability? Sandra McNally considers the practice, and what happens when selective schools are forced to expand their intake.

  3. Post Wolf: W(h)ither vocational education and training?

    29 January 2013

    Simply providing more apprenticeships and vocational options for young people won’t solve our education problems, says Geoff Hayward.

  4. School league tables: Revealing or misleading?

    23 January 2013

    Each year parents are encouraged to use school league tables to help choose a secondary school for their children. But George Leckie and Harvey Goldstein argue that such comparisons are crude and ultimately misleading.

  5. Religion, values and assessment

    17 January 2013

    What is the purpose of religious education? Unlike other subjects taught in our schools, the answer to this question is fraught with political, moral and educational implications. Nigel Fancourt considers this quandary and what it means for RE assessment.

  6. Leaning into a PISA world

    9 January 2013

    Sandra Johnson of Assessment Europe considers the impact of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment on national qualifications.

  7. Beyond the book

    18 December 2012

    Learning to read is a crucial skill; without it, the journey through education becomes an uphill battle. Jo Rose and Anthony Feiler are investigating an early reading intervention to help young children who are struggling to master the basics.

  8. Towards a level playing field

    10 October 2012

    Few would object to all young people having fair access to public exams, but there are important considerations in designing access and establishing eligibility for students who require alternative arrangements in exams, says Kevin Woods.

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