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Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 11/01/2010 - 14:53

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Speaking with difficulty

More than one in five boys and one in seven girls have difficulty in learning to talk, according to research released last week by Jean Gross, England’s “Communications Champion&r

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 16/10/2009 - 15:26

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Roll up, Roll up, the circus is in town

Sometimes statistics appear which leave you gasping. So it was when I read the news that 18 per cent of schools now offer “circus skills” as a school sport.

Leo Henghes :: Mon, 12/10/2009 - 10:47

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Sats tests give a false impression of educational progress

One in ten white boys is leaving school with fewer than five GCSEs, the benchmark for basic secondary school education, according to figures released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 21/09/2009 - 15:17

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£6 million Blueprint down the drain

In Saturday’s Guardian, Ben Goldacre dismembered a Home Office study designed to evaluate a drug education project in schools.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 27/07/2009 - 14:07

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School league tables are worthless

School league tables are worthless as a basis for choosing a school, and would be best left unpublished.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 09/07/2009 - 12:44

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Missing the target or missing the point?

Figures published today by the School Food Trust show that the Government’s target of increasing the take-up of school meals is going to be missed. Is this a failure? Yes and no.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 08/06/2009 - 00:00

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Journalists to lose pre-release access to official statistics?

Journalists may have to face the ending of the system by which they get an early sight of official statistics, under embargo.