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A solution to the dilemma of Key Stage 4 exams reform

Michael Gove is one of those reforming politicians who galvanises support by polarising opinion. In the media frenzy surrounding the announcement of the government’s reforms to Key Stage 4 (KS4) qualifications since Monday, it is unsurprising that there hasn’t been much place for intelligent comment offering qualified support to his proposals.

IPPR report fails to provide persuasive arguments against profit-making schools

In a new IPPR report, Rick Muir argues that profit-making free schools should remain banned.

Signs of life in the debate about the role of the profit motive in education

In education, the words ‘for-profit schooling’ send many into a head-spin.

Exam boards competing on standards?

Michael Gove has framed his proposals for franchising 14-16 exams provision on a one board per subject basis as part of a wider effort to address the problem of exam boards competing on standards.

Game, set and match: new evidence from the Swedish voucher reform

I am now accustomed to the fact that British journalists resort to extensive confirmation bias when arguing that free schools – especially for-profit ones – are driving down education standards in Sweden. The evidence does not support their case.

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