Proven Programs in Education is a series of books that draws on the best of Better: Evidence-Based Education, a unique magazine that provides leadership teams in education with the information they need. The series includes four titles: Proven Programs in Literacy; Proven Programs in STEM; Proven Programs in Social Emotional Development; Proven Programs in Classroom Management and Assessment

The Proven Programs in Education series is about research-proven strategies and programs that can be applied in practice. The authors distill their work and research into succinct, easily-digestible articles highlighting the practical implications that teachers, principals, and administrators can use. Each article includes links to further reading and resources that allow readers to delve more deeply into particular issues.

Evidence-Based Policy Making: Theory into Practice

Evidence-based policy making: Theory into practice
Sir JohnHolman

Sir John Holman discusses the challenge of using education research to inform policy decisions.

The year 2014 marks a special birthday that may not be widely celebrated. It is the twenty-fifth birthday of the publication of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. I am a veteran of the National Curriculum Science Working Group, and reflecting on what has happened since tells an interesting story about the practicalities of basing policy on research evidence.

What an opportunity we had back in 1988! For the first time there was to be a statutory National Curriculum in England and Wales that would cover the whole of compulsory education for five- to sixteen-year-olds. The secretary of state, Kenneth, ...

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