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Super-fast education policy fantasies

Ben Williamson Image by CSCW In recent years the pace of education policy has begun to pick up speed. As new kinds of policy influencers such as international organizations, businesses, consultancies and think tanks have entered into educational debates and … Continue reading

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Performing data

‘Performance information’ in the Scottish Government national improvement plan for education Ben Williamson At the end of June 2016 the Scottish Government published a major national delivery plan for improving Scottish education over the next few years. Drafted in response … Continue reading

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Free schools and computing skills

Ben Williamson On 5 February Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announced plans to open two new free schools that will focus specifically on computer programming skills. The schools are being founded by Ian Livingstone, the videogames entrepreneur who … Continue reading

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Digital governance of education

Ben Williamson Image: Jorge Franganillo Over the last decade or so, researchers of education policy have focused much attention on the role of numerical data in the ways that schools, teachers, and whole education systems are governed and managed. Less … Continue reading

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Who is benefiting most from computer coding being part of the National Curriculum?

Ben Williamson I was asked recently to write a short opinion piece on the introduction of Computing into the National Curriculum in England for the Britain in 2016 magazine produced by the Economic and Social Research Council. In the short … Continue reading

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Code capitals–following #edtechuk

Ben Williamson Silicon Valley companies, venture capital investors and ‘edupreneurs’ have been behind the recent proliferation of ‘startup schools’ in America, and now the financial, technical and political capital of London is now being positioned as the global centre for … Continue reading

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Programmable pedagogies of policy learning

Ben Williamson Recently, the growing global field of policy innovation labs, open policy making, and government labs has made ‘policy learning’ a key concern of government. A number of methodological toolkits to enable policymakers, civil servants and lab staff to … Continue reading

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Digital education policy: big data, visualization and real-time analytics

Ben Williamson Digital technologies facilitate the generation, calculation and circulation of the data required to govern education. Seemingly objective statistical data are now being integrated into much educational policymaking, with schools and classrooms configured as ‘data platforms’ linked to vast … Continue reading

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The laboratory life of innovation labs

Ben Williamson New ‘labs’ for public, social, government and policy innovation have proliferated widely in recent years. Many of them seek to apply new technological solutions to identified problems. To date, though, little research has traced the ‘laboratory life’ inside … Continue reading

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Testing government: policy labs and political experimentation

Ben Williamson Public and social innovation labs are enjoying their moment in the political sun. Nesta’s Innovation Lab has become a key player in the global circulation of policy lab ideas, and a connective node in a variety of lab … Continue reading

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