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Taking part in the discussion

Pearson commissioned this work from The Economist Intelligence Unit because we want to play our part in making education as effective as possible. The Learning Curve should elicit as many questions as it suggests answers, so this site is designed with ongoing conversation and interaction in mind.  We’d like to keep this a positive learning environment for students of all ages, so here are four ground rules we hope you’ll agree with.

Be decent

Show respect to others and never insult or attack when posting. If you use profanity or obscene, threatening, harassing, defamatory or discriminatory language, we will delete your post.

Respect copyright

If you quote someone else, be sure to link directly to the original source materials and attribute the original author/source in your post. Laws such as libel and privacy apply to social media; please remember that you are personally liable for what you post.

Be accurate

When we make a mistake (and let’s face it, we’re bound to every now and then), we will own up and correct it as soon as we can. Please don’t deliberately post anything that is fraudulent, deceptive or misleading – Pearson is not responsible for the accuracy of what you write, but we do encourage you to check your facts before posting.

Be informative

We’d encourage you to share positive ideas, good examples and helpful information on education research, policy and further reading. We don’t think you learn much from spam – please avoid posting any.

Anyone repeatedly breaking our house rules will be removed and/or banned from taking further part in our online community.

Our legal statement is beneath this note and more information on our general code of conduct is on our website, along with our social media guidelines.

You’re always welcome to drop us a line at and you may wish to follow Michael Barber (@michaelbarber9) for news on his travels through the world of education.

We’ll look forward to learning more with you,

The communications team

Pearson HQ, London


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