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Asking the right questions

By guest blogger Sue Rossiter, CEO of NFER

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions (Lévi-Strauss)

Looking at the relationship between research and practice earlier this year I noted that creating the evidence base is the easy part and that we need to think much harder about how teachers and others can be inspired and supported to do something different as a result. Continue reading


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Our ‘world class’ science education performs a rare hat trick – reform with caution

England Joins the Elite for Maths and Science; this was the headline of a TES article in 2008English pupils reportedly ‘pulled off a stunning result in the rankings of 10 and 14 year olds across 59 countries’ in the international Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Continue reading