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Pathways towards a properly functioning market in qualifications

A recent collection of essays published by the Centre set out, among other aims, to draw salient factors from the mix of those which may relate to England and Wales’ long-term upward trend in 14-19 exam grades.

The evolution of charter school quality

Ever since charter schools were first introduced in the American education
landscape in the early 1990s, they have been extremely controversial. As a
market-based reform, opponents have voiced opposition to what they perceive
to be a hidden privatisation of education, whereas proponents have suggested

Apprenticeship success?

Apprenticeships are widely seen as key to rebalancing the economy and tackling youth unemployment, but over many years successive governments have failed to engage sufficient interest from employers to meet demand.

Is it reasonable to expect that accountability sanctions by themselves should have any significant impact on pupil performance?

Since the 1980s, the use of accountability regimes has grown significantly worldwide. Theoretically, accountability could be one way to make up for the lack of extrinsic incentives to improve outcomes among schools by using carrots and sticks.

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.

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