This is perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of education today. Not only are we ignoring a wealth of research that clearly leads to enhanced achievement (surely indefensible in itself), but we are wasting enormous sums of money buying Snake Oil and listening to Snake Oil salesmen. Schools have been treated as a huge marketplace by these vendors of Snake Oil, and many of these salesman have, unwittingly or not, had government support for their Snake Oil cure-alls and quack remedies. Is there room for optimism?  Only if decision makers can be convinced to take an evidence- based approach. A chink of light in this grey world of educationally orientated pseudo-science comes from some recent research by the University of Durham and the Sutton Trust. Let’s hope that it has the impact that it deserves.
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