Author: Daniel Maxwell

Lessons from Singapore Education System

Singapore Education System, the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings confirm that Singapore has become an educational super power, with graduates from the nation’s education system years ahead of most students in Europe and North America. So what is it, that this Southeast Asian city-state is doing right? What lessons can be learnt? And how easily could other countries duplicate Singapore’s success?   For a decade, Singapore has been at or near the top of international leagues tables which measure student achievement in literacy, numeracy and...

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Pisa Rankings: UK stagnates as Asia moves forward

The latest Pisa rankings from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have once again been dominated by Asian education system with Singapore claiming first place, followed closely by Japan. Taipei, Macao, Vietnam, Hong Kong and mainland China, all join Singapore and Japan, to total seven Asian economies in the Pisa Top 10, while the highest ranking Western nations are Estonia (3rd), Finland (5th) and Canada (7th). The Programme for International Student Assessments (Pisa) are the closest thing there is to a global standarised assessment, and despite what some critics say, there is general agreement that this programme...

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BREXIT and Education

Following Britain’s surprise decision to leave the European Union, there has been much uncertainty regarding how Brexit will affect England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Like many other sectors, education is suffering from post-Brexit anxiety, as politicians, academics, educators and students struggle to determine exactly what the impact of Brexit will be. While it will take years to truly comprehend how Britain’s decision to leave the EU will impact the education sector, there are a few predictions which most observers are beginning to agree on, and these impact teacher recruitment, student enrollment, research funding and education innovation. Teacher Recruitment...

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Why we need to Adopt Modern Leadership Practices throughout Education

The latest government proposals to expand the number of grammar schools across the country, is just the latest in a long line of educational reforms which neglect the opinions and expertise of school teachers, and this centralised, top-down approach to education reform is one reason for the UK’s declining educational standards. The idea to expand grammar schools in the UK has been instigated by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and her grammar school peers,  and the ‘reforms’ are based entirely on nostalgia and their personal experiences. In contrast, education professionals such as Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former Head of...

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Myths about Asian Mathematics

Asian Mathematics – With the PISA 2015 Rankings due for release on 6th December, there is already much debate about which country’s education reforms will propel them up the rankings, and perhaps reward them with a spot in the Top 10. However, most commentators predict that Asian countries will continue to dominate the top of the PISA Mathematics Rankings as they did in 2012, with China coming 1st, Singapore 2nd, Hong Kong 3rd, Taiwan 4th, South Korea 5th and Japan 7th. The continued success of China, Singapore, Korea and Japan in international Mathematics rankings, has attracted the attention of...

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