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Hoping my evidence has made a difference

The House of Commons Education Select Committee recently released its final report for its inquiry into School Sport and the Olympic Legacy. I submitted written evidence to the committee based on my understanding of...

School effects on health – a systematic review

The final report for a systematic review I was involved with has now been published: Systematic review of the effects of schools and school environment interventions on health: evidence mapping and synthesis Bonell C, Jamal F,...
Olympic gymnast

Sport England’s unconvincing claims regarding sports participation

Sport England recently released an update to their sports participation statistics. The source of the estimates is the Active People Survey, an ongoing telephone survey of sports participation in England. The key measure reported...

Evidence submission to the Education Select Committee

I recently submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee for their inquiry into "School sports following London 2012". The written evidence for the inquiry can be found here, and the...
photo of Eton boys from 1936

Educational inequality — Pondering the problems of attainment

Education is invariably a sensitive issue. It brings to the fore ideological positions: beliefs about personal agency and meritocracy, preferences relating to social equality, and philosophical considerations about what knowledge is and what education...
Image of the checkershadow illusion

The illusion of progress in school sport and physical education policy

You could be forgiven for thinking that policy changes gradually lead to an improvement in the status quo over time. Considering the recent history of policy in school sport and physical education, this would...

Poster on experiences of exercise at age 10 in the BCS70

UPDATE 21/11/2012: The image is now updated with the correct numbers from the analysis. I am presenting this poster at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies conference at IOE tomorrow (20/11/2012). It shows some results from a...

In agreement with the Young Foundation

The Young Foundation has just released a report into how to make young people more active. They essentially come to similar conclusions as I did in my opinion pieces in this post and this...
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Measuring educational performance

I was recently forwarded a link to an essay by Lord Adonis on his ideas for education if and when a new Labour government is in power. In it, he summarises some of his...

Private schools, academies and hasty generalisations

I was listening to the Today programme this morning on Radio 4, and there was an interview with Lord Adonis and Prof William Richardson (starting at 2:38:20 in the recording here). Adonis, who was...