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‘Can personality traits and intelligence compensate for background disadvantage?

‘Character education’ is one of the current hot topics in the education policy world. Personality characteristics such as resilience, conscientiousness, and sociability are thought to have an impact on educational attainment and career success.

The effects of mobile phone use in the classroom

Over the last decades, technology has frequently promised to transform education, but with little actual success in raising pupil performance. Governments have invested in, for example, laptops, tablets, and interactive whiteboards, with disappointing results.

School choice for the disadvantaged

Vouchers in school reform programmes in the United States have made little headway over the years - mainly due to opposition from powerful teachers' unions.

Professor Paul E. Peterson reminded us in this week's Friedman lecture that it wasn’t Milton Friedman who first championed school vouchers , it was our own J.S. Mill who in 'On Liberty’ wrote

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.

What Makes an Effective Teacher?

The debate about traditional versus progressive education largely concerns the proper role of teachers in the classroom. With the rise of child-centred teaching methods, teachers have often taken a back seat in the classroom, allowing children to work more by themselves or in groups.

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