The time is right

Jonathan Sharples and Jonathan Haslam consider the importance of bringing evidence to bear on education policy and practice

“We are committed to evidence-based policy making.” Analysis and Evidence Strategy, DCSF, May 2008

“I’d like to see ideology taken out of education policy and replaced with what works.” Nick Gibb, Shadow Education Minister, April 2006

ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE there is now a strong consensus that evidence should be used as the basis for what is practised in schools.

The time seems right to build on this consensus and move forward with an approach that sees good evidence brought to bear on the programmes and practices that are used in schools.

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May 2009