May 11th, 2008

Reference/research evidence

One of the main purposes of setting up this website has been to offer easy access to the wealth of research on the effects of hyper-accountability in schools. I am hoping to build up a directory, here, of some of the evidence on this subject, as it mounts.

There is, however, so much of the stuff available now that, inevitably, this will just give a rough pointer to some of the work. The focus is on the English system and on studies produced recently. Much of this evidence has been published since I wrote the book. This part of the site is very much a work in progress, and will be updated as and when I get the time.

I’ve attempted to group the evidence into a series of headings, which can be seen below. The evidence varies from detailed submissions to recent select committee inquiries into testing and the national curriculum - many of which offer extensive insights into problems with the current regime – to academic studies and books which deal with some of the thinking behind hyper-accountability.

Independent inquiries


Evidence from the Government and its agencies 

Parents’ views



Newspaper articles

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