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What should school governance look like in an autonomous, self-improving schools system?

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all state schools must have a governing body, consisting (depending on the type and size of school) of specified numbers of various categories of governors – including parents, staff members, local authority representatives, members of the local community, and of any sponsor involved.

Teaching practices and cognitive skills: how are they related?

One of the most hotly debated topics in education today concerns the gradual decline of traditional teaching methods, such as lecturing, in favour of more pupil-centred methods, which focus more on group work/discussion.

School Finance Reform: is increased school spending across the board a prerequisite for improving pupil outcomes?

The question about whether increased school resources have positive effects on children’s attainment is one of the most debated in both education policy circles and the academic community. Yet it is a very difficult question to study. Simple correlations between resources and attainment are likely to be biased, but the direction of the bias is not clear-cut.

Does teacher's pay affect pupil attainment?

The issue of teacher pay is controversial worldwide. Some argue that higher pay is necessary if we are to increase the status of teachers, and thus recruit, retain and motivate more high-ability individuals in the profession. However, others claim that higher pay across the board is not an efficient way to improve outcomes.

Are test score outcomes sufficient for understanding charter school impact?

Charter schools are a controversial topic in America. Since their start in 1992, they now serve about 2 million pupils with the number of schools totalling more than 6,000 in 40 states. But do they work? Research thus far has focused heavily on test scores, although some have also evaluated the effects on graduation rates and college attendance.