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Cause and effect? Or just an association? It matters. Anyone in schools concerned with CPDL needs to be sure which interventions are really working. Some help is available…

A big issue in evidence-based teaching and learning is understanding the difference between association and causation. The DfE, many respected publications, many teachers and school leaders, and even some researchers are weak on this. Dylan Wiliam refers to this logical fallacy with the Latin saying, ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc’ (after this, therefore because of this).

The post hoc fallacy, stating ‘since event Y…

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