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‘Disturbing’ 40% cut to education research budget

Government accused of being ‘all talk’ as it urges teachers to make better use of research evidence

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The government unit responsible for educational research and analysis has suffered a 40 per cent budget cut over the past seven years, Tes Scotland can reveal.

In 2008-09, the Education Analytical Services (EAS) budget was £4.4 million, rising to a peak of £4.5 million in 2010-11 but dropping to £2.7 million in 2017-18.

The news coincides with growing calls for teachers to make better use of research.

It also comes just months after the Scottish government published its education research strategy aimed at giving Scotland “a more robust evidence base upon which to make decisions”. The ...

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