by Dr Carmel Kent, Head of Educational Data Science at EDUCATE Ventures Research

The AlphaGo documentary from 2017 is a fascinating movie. It has heroic characters, both human and non-human, a twist in the story, a climax and a resolution that leaves you with many more questions than answers.

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Today (September 13) marks the beginning of National Coding Week when schools are encouraged to participate in events and set new challenges for their students, to prepare them for an increasingly digitalised world.

But coding is about so much more than just a technical skill.

Learners who are engaged in…


The speed at which schools adapted to the use of technology during the Covid-19 lockdowns left parents and children better able to cope with home learning as the pandemic continued, according to new research.

A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Home learning experience through the Covid-19 pandemic, published…


Smartphones can improve academic performance when used appropriately, according to new research by a Finnish university.

Just weeks after the Education Secretary for England, Gavin Williamson, issued guidance to ban the use of mobile phones in schools, research from the Aalto University School of Business found that their use can…


Children who have been taught coding and other computer science skills are more likely to be better at mathematics, problem solving, creative thinking, time management and teamwork, than youngsters who haven’t had these lessons, a study has found.

The ‘Broader Benefits of Leading to Code’ report by OKdo , the…


Analysis

At least this year’s GCSEs and A-levels publication days have gone off — so far, at least — without any major hitch, and candidates seem to have been spared the confusion and grief that marred the examination season of 2020.

But even as record results were being reported, it…


Almost half of teachers have adequate technology to enable them to teach remotely from home, according to a study.

The report, from the Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) and Dixons Carphone, comes during the week that teenagers receive GCSE and A-level results after 18 months of school shutdowns and remote learning…


The UK’s sixth formers have returned a record crop of A-level results, with STEM subjects seeing the biggest rises in popularity, according to figures published today (August 10).

And girls have outperformed boys, with 57% of females achieving an A* or A in England — a reversal of pre-2020 results…


School-leavers are applying to do degrees rather than enter the workplace, because of uncertainty over the post-pandemic and Brexit jobs market, new research shows.

Nearly three fifths — 57% — of 17–19 year olds in the last two years of school said their decisions about post education work or training…


A new report has strongly condemned the government’s handling of education and school closures during the pandemic, with “unforgiveable” errors and miscalculations by both Boris Johnson and Gavin Williams, the education secretary.

The Institute for Government (IfG) report, Schools and coronavirus: The government’s handling of education during the pandemic, examined…

Dorothy Lepkowska

Dorothy is the Communications Lead on EDUCATE Ventures, and former education correspondent of several national newspapers.

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