Researcher warns that Government Strategy for Social Mobility misled by a statistical trap

Research by Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick warns that a key Government Strategy for Social Mobility is placing considerable reliance on a table which is simply replicating a well known statistical trap or artifact that may not be the true picture.

The policy proposal put forward by Nick Clegg in a strategy document published by the Government at the start of this month entitled: “Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility” puts a great deal of faith in a graph that appears to show that children from poor families of high ability massively underachieve relative to children from wealthy families of similar ability, and that conversely children from wealthy families of low ability massively overachieve relative to children from poor families matched on ability.

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Review of Cultural Education – Call for Evidence

http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/8039.aspx

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education have launched an independent review, to be led by Darren Henley MD of Classic FM, to consider how all children can experience a high quality cultural education.

Darren Henley welcomes views from teachers, parents and pupils as well as individuals and organisations involved in delivering the whole spectrum of cultural education to young people in England.

You can respond to the call for evidence online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/culturaleducation.

The attached has been passed on to us by a contact in the Safeguarding Advisory Service. 

It is directed at Head Teachers in response to increasing requests for advice on issues which have arisen from school staff using social websites such as Facebook, My Space, Bebo etc. 

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School history gets the TV treatment

Michael Gove is bringing in celebrities to revamp school history teaching. That’s not what’s needed, says James Vernon.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, a sculpture by Yinka Shonibare installed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, reflects the importance of history to our identity. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Michael Gove’s appointment of Simon Schama to restructure history teaching in  schools offers a little reassurance that it is now acknowledged there is some public value to the teaching of history, despite the removal of funding for it at university level.

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