Professor Chris Taylor

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School allocations – an illusion of choice?

Posted on 2 March 2017 by WISERD

Thousands of families across Wales will shortly be learning which primary and secondary schools their children will be attending in September. For many, this will be their local catchment school, however for a sizeable minority, the outcome will not be what they wanted. Many will find themselves without a place for their child or have
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Reflecting on the Diamond Review

Posted on 12 October 2016 by WISERD

As Professor Sir Ian Diamond says in his introduction to The Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales “in times of austerity it is easy for society to focus solely on current challenges and forget that it is essential to continue to invest in educating the future generations who will drive the
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Stress, Environment and the Human Body

Posted on 21 July 2015 by Natalie Richards

What effects do different environments have upon stress levels in the human body? What affect does it have upon our well-being and health? In order to test this in June 2014 WISERD’s biomapping project was invited by BBC Coast to ‘stress-test’ its presenter Nicholas Crane. The WISERD funded biomapping research project, led by Professor Chris Taylor (WISERD)
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Is Education Wasted on the Young?

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Natalie Richards

The following discussion provided the basis of some opening remarks Professor Chris Taylor was invited to give at the launch of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, led by NIACE Cymru with support from the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund Wales, on 10th February 2015, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. This first event involved a panel
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The Foundation Phase Evaluation – an update.

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Natalie Richards

Since the publication in mid-January of the second report on educational outcomes using national administrative data was published, the Foundation Phase has been under considerable media scrutiny. Over the past three years WISERD has undertaken an independent evaluation for the Welsh Government of the Foundation Phase for three to seven year olds in Wales, and
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