GCSE and A-level teacher assessments: benefits of replacing exams undermined by lack of transparency

NuPenDekDee/Shutterstock In January, UK education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that GCSE and A-level exams in England would not go ahead. Now, Williamson has outlined further information about how assessments for pupils will take place. Teachers’ judgements will be at the heart of grading decisions this year, based on a rangeContinue Reading

Curious Kids Live: exploring the solar system

Elements of this image furnished by Nasa. Elena11/Shutterstock The Conversation’s Curious Kids series responds to children’s questions on all sorts of topics, but there’s one that comes up again and again: space. Why can’t we put people on Mars? How high could we jump on the Moon? What are meteoritesContinue Reading

Since the end of World War II, countries in Europe and North America, along with many other countries in the world, have witnessed a significant transformation, signaled by the emergence of groups whose representatives have their own worldview and culture that is often contradictory to the declared policies of theirContinue Reading

Homeschooling: links with inequality are far from new

Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock In 2020, the pandemic has made homeschooling a fact of life. Even before this, though, what was once the obscure choice of a few families has grown in popularity over the past decade. In 2019, the Children’s Commissioner for England estimated that around 60,000 children were homeschooled. A persistentContinue Reading

How to choose educational apps for pre-school children

WitthayaP/Shutterstock Lockdowns and school closures have pushed more aspects of our lives online. This has encouraged parents and children to engage with apps and other forms of digital media more frequently than before the pandemic. For parents of young children, touchscreen apps may be a valuable resource for educational purposes.Continue Reading