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A shortage of experts

The supply of researchers who can help ministers make evidence-based decisions about how to spend the money allocated to schools, universities and other education and training projects is dwindling, according to a report out today.

Some might say it isn’t that important. After all, wasn’t it someone fairly high up in the world of education policy who once claimed that this country had “had enough of experts”?

According to a report commissioned by the British Academy and the Royal Society, published today, there was a 10 per cent drop in the number of education postgraduate research students in the UK between 2012 and 2017. Funding from the government and research councils for educational research fell by a massive 25 per cent between 2006 and 2015 (not adjusting for inflation).

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