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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


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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