BERA in the news

  • Press Release – Children “can pass phonics test without extensive phonic knowledge”

    15 September 2016

    The government’s assessment of early reading, taken by hundreds of thousands of five- and six-year-olds in England every year, is not testing what it is supposed to test, research has concluded. The phonics screening check, introduced by the coalition in 2012, is failing to assess the full range of phonic knowledge which the government-designed national […]

  • Press Release – Pupils left puzzled by the term “British values”

    14 September 2016

    The concept of “British values”, as promoted by the government in its anti-terrorism strategy, is leaving many school pupils baffled. And few of them have even heard of the “Prevent” policy, which is meant to stop people becoming terrorists. These are key findings of a survey of 250 ethnic minority pupils in one of England’s […]

  • Press Release – Most teenagers “believe they have a soul”

    14 September 2016

    More than half of secondary school pupils believe that people have souls, a survey has revealed. Almost as many – 45 per cent – say they believe in God while 52 per cent agree with the statement “I believe that life has an ultimate purpose”. Yet the same proportion of pupils who say they believe […]

  • Press Release – British Empire study “prevalent in most schools”

    13 September 2016

    The death of teaching of the British Empire in English schools has been greatly exaggerated. And, contrary to occasional assertions by politicians, children are not being given a negative account of the subject. However, teaching of the topic often stops short of covering the decline of the empire in the twentieth century, and time constraints […]

  • Press Release – Big difference between pupil and teacher perceptions of teaching revealed

    13 September 2016

    Fewer than half of young secondary school pupils think their views are taken seriously by those educating them, a major new study has found. Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost all of their teachers disagree. These are central findings of a survey of 12- and 13-year-olds and their teachers at schools in Wales, analysed by Dr Kevin Smith […]

  • Virtual Special Issue – The Curriculum Journal

    27 June 2016

    In the first section of this virtual special issue the articles focus on Assessment, and in the second they are the Most Popular from 2015 Read More