National Institute Economic Review

Educating for Productivity: Comparisons of Japanese and English Schooling and Vocational Preparation

Republished in- Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education (1986, no.2) and, in translation, in the Japanese Journal of Vocational Education (November 1988).

Within-Classroom Grouping: A Rejoinder

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Raising Schooling Attainments by Grouping Pupils Within Each Class

The object of this Note is to caution against accepting, at least in the context of English schooling policy, conclusions drawn by a group of Canadian educational researchers from their survey (a 'meta-analysis' - as they call it) of a mass of earlier classroom studies which, they say, on average significantly favour - not 'whole-class teaching' - but dividing pupils within each class into small groups according to their ability ('homogeneous within-class ability-grouping').

How Did English Schools and Pupils Really Perform in the 1995 International Comparisons in Mathematics?

The recently published results of mathematics tests set to representative samples of pupils in over forty countries provide an important opportunity to re-assess priorities for reforms in English schooling. Five Western European countries--Austria, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland are suggested in this critical study as providing appropriate standards for England's immediate aims.

Reform of Mathematical Education in Primary Schools: The Experiment in Barking and Dagenham

The need to raise the vocational skills of the broad cross-section of Britain's workforce - rather than concentrating on the number of university graduates - has formed a principal conclusion of the series of international comparisons of productivity in matched samples of industrial plants carried out by the National Institute during the past fifteen years.(1) Discussion of the precise measures to secure improvements in skills have now risen close to the top of public policy debate, with some recent re-assuring signs of convergence between the main political parties.