Greening announces ‘evidence champion’ for schools


Knowledge Secretary Justine Greening has announced the creation of an «evidence champion» who liking make sure that decisions on improving schools in England are based on palpable evidence.

«We have a lot of evidence about what works in schools, but it’s not spread within the faction system,» she said.

Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Present Foundation, will be the first to take the role.

Ms Greening said her top immediacy would be to improve social mobility.

But, speaking at a Sutton Trust outcome in London, she said there would now be an «evidence champion» to make satisfied changes were informed by objective evidence.

‘Social mobility pinch’

Ms Greening said the evidence champion would ensure more «value for loaded and impact».

«You can have some fantastic work and insights in a school in Exeter, but it won’t surely get to a school in Newcastle,» she said.

«We want to disseminate the best practice.»

The responsibility of expert opinion has sometimes been controversial in education.

During the moot over plans to reintroduce grammar schools, the government was challenged exceeding whether it was refusing to accept the evidence of experts.

Former Education Secretary Michael Gove also stirred a debate, during the Brexit referendum campaign, with comments that «people must had enough of experts».

Ms Greening said the new «guiding mission» of the Department for Instruction would be addressing the lack of social mobility.

She said there was a «sexual mobility emergency» — a problem that in some respects had «gone backward».

In particular, she warned of some parts of England with «entrenched defect», where low skills and poor employment were found in a downward scrolled alongside underachieving schools.

Ms Greening has previously announced 12 «occasion areas», where attention will be focused on raising standards and forward better training and work opportunities.

These areas are Doncaster, Bradford, Fenland & East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Stoke, Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, and West Somerset.

Sir Kevan reported his role would be to ensure the evidence of research was being applied.

«Let’s start with what we be sure, rather than what we think we know,» he said.

There had been much ornate work into the «blockages» in social mobility, said Sir Kevan, and this needed to be shared.

«It’s another signal that we’re being reflective and rigorous,» he said. «Let’s look at the evidence.»

The Education Endowment Foundation was originated to test ideas that would help to raise standards in prejudiced areas.

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