Evidence-based policy making: Theory into practice

Sir John Holman discusses the challenge of using education research to inform policy decisions

2010 MARKS A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY which may not be widely celebrated. It is the 21st birthday of the publication of the National Curriculum for England and Wales, in 1989. I am a veteran of the National Curriculum Science Working Group and reflecting on what has happened since tells an interesting story about the practicalities of basing policy on research evidence.

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Published

June 2010