• Rethinking the Hard Path of Education...

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    5th July 2021

      This post is available as a PDF here, and an audio recording below:     Nan Shepherd, best known for her novel The Living Mountain, was a Scottish novelist and poet who wrote...
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  • On the origins of PESGB

    16th June 2021

    This post is available as a PDF here, and as an audio recording below:     It was taken as read in its first years of life in the late 1960s that PESGB’s raison d’être was...
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  • Identity and its discontents

    30th May 2021

      This post is available as a PDF here, and as an audio recording below:     ***   You wouldn’t expect a blog on the PESGB website to contain a poem but why not, if...
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  • Exam Results, Fairness, & Trust: A...

    14th May 2021

    This post is available as a PDF here, and as an audio recording below:     *** This is the fourth post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK...
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  • Exam Results, Fairness, & Trust: A...

    21st April 2021

    This post is available as a PDF here, and as an audiofile below:     ***   This is the third post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK...
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  • Evangelion, Schools and Futures

    29th March 2021

    This blog post is available as a PDF here, and as an audiotrack below:   **** The 1995 Japanese anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) takes place in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo where...
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  • The Government’s Creeping...

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    22nd March 2021

    The Conservative Government defends its Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as a “sensible package of measures,” justly tough on the worst violent offenders – especially those who commit...
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  • Exam Results, Fairness, & Trust: A...

    1st March 2021

    *** This is the second post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK Government’s handling of England’s 2020 national exams (GCSEs and A Levels) in the wake of...
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  • An Argument in Favour of Results by...

    14th February 2021

    ***   This is the first post in a PESGB Blog series focussed on educational assessment and the UK Government’s handling of England’s 2020 national exams (GCSEs and A Levels) in the wake of...
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  • Should We be Worried about the...

    3rd February 2021

      A recent observation piece by Luke Sibieta of the IFS sets out to assess the potential economic harm of the recent restrictions to face-to-face teaching. Sibieta argues that the perceived...
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  • Will the DfE’s New Institute Reflect...

    2nd February 2021

      On January 2 DfE announced that a new Institute for Teaching will be set up in England ‘to provide teachers and school leaders with prestigious training and development throughout their...
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  • Will We Always Need (Human) Teachers?

    18th January 2021

      The future of education is uncertain. Some commentators suggest technological advancement will do away with the need for teachers – or at least that, in the near future, teachers will not...
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