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. Are the days of one-size-fits-all assessments numbered?

    5 October 2012

    Schools might succeed in fostering creativity, innovation and independence in students – but today’s exam system struggles with such individualism, says John Gardner.

  2. Data, data everywhere

    24 September 2012

    Technology is becoming an extra pair of eyes in the classroom, helping teachers anticipate when pupils might struggle or fall behind. Laura McInerney considers the revolution in learner analytics that’s helping to predict student behaviour.

  3. The perils of policy borrowing

    18 September 2012

    Education reforms move from country to country like a travelling circus, with successful acts copied and less popular performers shunned. But context is all-important in deciding whether a reform will truly be successful in education’s Big Top. David Phillips sketches some of the issues.

  4. Exam results season: time for the annual assault

    13 August 2012

    We celebrate ‘inflation’ in Team GB’s gold medal tally, but on exam results day George Turnbull laments that the rhetoric is destined to be about grade inflation, falling standards and the need for reform.

  5. Watch your language

    6 August 2012

    The words and metaphors we use to talk about education shape our perceptions of it - and it’s time to revisit our vocabulary, says Oxford University’s Richard Pring.

  6. Accessing the ivory tower

    31 July 2012

    Tessa Stone asks how we can ensure fair admissions to university when the education system itself is not 'fair'.

  7. Revising revision in MFL

    24 July 2012

    Rote learning of stock phrases short-changes language students and ties their hands in exam settings. More innovative – and useful – approaches to language revision can change that, says Jane Jones.

  8. Abolishing marksism

    6 July 2012

    Why use an 18th Century approach to assessing exam answers when we have a 21st Century alternative, asks Alastair Pollitt

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