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Key competences and youth engagement – edging towards the Finnish line?

By guest blogger Rose Cook, Researcher

A familiar narrative to followers of educational debates is the Finnish success story. The country has been lauded in particular for its outstanding results in PISA, the OECD’s Programme of International Student Assessment, piquing the interest and envy of its competitor countries. Continue reading


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Citizenship education – beyond budgeting and the ballot box

By guest blogger Jennifer Jeffes, Research Manager

Earlier this week the Department for Education (DfE) set out its vision for citizenship education in schools in England, following much debate about its role and purpose within the education system. Democratic participation and financial capability feature heavily within the mandatory requirements at both Key Stage 3 and 4, with the Government taking a pragmatic approach towards equipping young people with the tools they require to become active participants in society. Continue reading