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Project-Based Learning – Dispelling Some Myths

We have long argued the importance of Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a vehicle for increasing student advocacy and engagement towards raising standards. Indeed, countries like Singapore and Finland, who perform … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why is the UK not making sufficient progress in the PISA tables? Andreas Schleicher of OECD Shares His Thoughts

This TES interview with Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, who compile the PISA comparative education effectiveness tables is very revealing, and, after all, he is in a position to understand … Continue reading

December 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Estonia: How to do education effectively!

With the latest PISA figures published by the OECD now available, it might be worth considering one of the brightest stars in the educational firmament… Estonia. Estonia has come from … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Drive Personalized Learning in Higher Education | Online Digital Marketing Courses

​While personalization has seen exciting changes in education, higher education is still struggling to adopt it. Nearly half of undergraduate students in the US fail to earn a degree within … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

How Finland’s Amazing Education System Works | Big Think

Finland’s education system works because its entire structure has been around several core principles. First and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that … Continue reading

April 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

10 Global Megatrends Facing Education | BBC News

The OECD’s head of education forecasts the biggest questions being asked of schools around the world. Unfortunately I’d say these challenges were pretty accurately outlined here. We should have overcome … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Teacher Dissatisfaction / Student Disillusionment: Causes and Cures

In the UK, and I sense in the US and Australia, there is growing dissatisfaction among teachers regarding what governments and leaders are asking them to focus upon. Much of … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Child Mental Health: A Crisis in the Making

I’m currently researching a book on preparing students for examinations. In discussions with my publisher, the review committee had suggested that I place more emphasis on student mental health and … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

The End of Examinations As We Know Them?

The last few weeks have heralded a lot of national announcements about the traditional examination system. OFSTED has decried the examination factory culture of some English schools and is looking … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

England and US will not take Pisa tests in tolerance | BBC News

Schools in England and the United States will not be taking the new international Pisa test designed to assess respect for other cultures, challenge extremism and help identify fake news. … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

What the Best Education Systems Are Doing Right

Finnish and Asian educational systems are often quoted as leading the OECD Educational Performance tables and models to aspire to emulate. Such talk is too simplistic as any understanding of … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Selective schooling has negative impact on UK children, say world education experts | The Independent

Selective school systems such as grammar streams lower children’s expectations and impact negatively on the wider education system, world experts have said. As the Government pushes forward plans to create … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why do Finnish pupils succeed with less homework? | BBC News

Less homework and fewer lessons. Should we follow the Finns? How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social division stays in online learning | BBC News

There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pisa tests to include ‘global skills’ and cultural awareness | BBC News

Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018. The OECD, … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

OECD passes judgement on Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence | BBC News

Experts from international forum the OECD say Scottish schools remain above international averages – but the gap is narrowing. Read more on the BBC website here: OECD passes judgement on … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD | BBC News

Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils’ performance, according to a global study from the OECD. The think tank says frequent use of computers in … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Finland’s Education System: 10 Surprising Facts | TakePart

Finland has consistently scored among the highest nations in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a standardized test given every three years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Introducing East Asian Teaching Methods into Western Schools: is it a Good Idea?

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
John Jerrim. About six months ago I released a paper discussing the reason for East Asian success in the OECD PISA survey of 15 year olds’ skills…

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bad marks for Sweden’s muddled teacher training in OECD report on school system

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
Susanne Wiborg This post originally appeared in The Conversation Sweden has experienced a dramatic decline in the international ranking of its schools. Swedish 15-year-olds’…

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Asia Tops Biggest Global School Rankings | BBC News

The biggest ever global school rankings have been published, with Asian countries in the top five places and African countries at the bottom. Singapore heads the table, followed by Hong … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The History and Development of Experiential Learning

A major issue with current education in schools is that it is mostly theoretically based and does not impact on the lives of young people, often leaving them disillusioned and … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Trouble with Swedish Education

In the past, when talking about national educational achievement, it was commonplace to speak of the educational standards of Scandinavian countries as if they were, to all intents and purposes the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Latin America’s Wake-Up Call on Global School Tests | BBC News

No longer can policymakers ignore the reality that even Latin America’s best performing countries, much less its average ones, are far behind the developed world, and far behind where they … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seven Big Myths about Top-Performing School Systems | BBC News

The man in charge of the Pisa tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system. Read … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Clever Girls Lack Confidence in Science and Maths | BBC News

Girls still lack confidence in pursuing high-paid careers in science and technology, even when their school results are as good or better than boys, says an international study. The OECD … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Teachers ‘give higher marks to girls’ | BBC News

An OECD report on gender in education, across more than 60 countries, found that girls receive higher marks compared with boys of the same ability. Researchers suggest girls are better … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment