Investigations about data lead the conversation astray

Schools and leaders need to discuss the quirks data throws up

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The profession of teaching is filled with no end of debates. Setting or mixed ability? Groups or rows? English or literacy? Red or green pen? Some of them are probably central to the improvement of the work we do and worthy of in-depth investigation. And there’s the discussions about pen colours...

Much of the debate rages on because it’s always tricky to get hard-and-fast rules in a field that is so hard to pin down. As any teacher will tell you: the job would be so much easier if it weren’t for the children. Unfortunately, they bring levels of complexity that make it hard to end any ...

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