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Making ‘big-ish’ data smaller

This post describes five relatively simple approaches for reducing the size and complexity of data. Computer performance can quickly become an issue when working with large datasets, and so it's wise to have some...

The end of MS Excel and Access?

This post contains some of my thoughts on the way things are going in terms of the standard analytical software that most organisations use day-to-day - spreadsheets and simple databases. It describes how online...

New website in the pipeline

This new website is currently in development. As soon as possible, I will update all my previous posts, so they work properly, and start posting new comment pieces and adding much more information about...

Competitive sport puts off children

Considering the BBC news story on this today, one would think that this is a new finding. Unfortunately, it couldn't be further from the truth. Research going back before the 1990s has consistently found...
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Parental and school influences on children’s enjoyment of sport

My first working paper based on my PhD research has been published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education, University of London, in their peer-reviewed, working paper series. The...

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,...
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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...
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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...