education

Imagine your five-year-old child was about to start school and you discovered that their chances of leaving at 16 with the national qualification was only 14 per cent. That is the reality in my country, Nepal. You might think this is because most children drop out before...

For over 10 years the UK government has promoted the raising of school attendance with targets for schools and local authorities. In 2004 David Miliband, then schools minister, wrote in a letter to local authority directors that it is:

because of the strong link...

The last decade has seen something of a step change in efforts to bring cognitive neuroscience and education together in dialogue. This may partly be due to anxieties over the ‘parallel world’ of pseudo-neuroscience found in many schools. Much of this is unscientific and...

What’s the point of school? It’s a question most pupils will have asked themselves at one time or another. And it’s one that parents, teachers and government ministers ponder too, though not always for the same reasons. The...

Psychology is an eclectic discipline – perhaps too eclectic. Evolutionary psychology has been proposed as a much needed over-arching paradigm to make sense of its diverse strands (Buss, 1995). Yet evolutionary psychology has yet...

The first educational psychologist (EP) was appointed in Britain in 1913; it is therefore timely for the profession to reflect on its roots and consider how far it has come in the intervening 100 years. Cyril Burt (later Sir Cyril) was appointed as an educational psychologist...