The Conservative Party policy on grammar schools is abhorrent. It would take a blog and a half to recount all the evidence that has been amassed against it in the last nine months. It won’t help poorer children, or indeed most children; it will divide schools, communities and... Read more

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The Department for Education (DfE) appears to be trying to bury the cost of transferring academies from one multi-academy trust to another – a...

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The Conservative manifesto, which is being quoted by Tory candidates, is very carefully worded and extremely misleading. It gives the impression...

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The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is guilty of ‘brutal and illiterate vandalism' says Chris Whitehouse, Education Spokesperson and Secretary...

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‘You can have all the evidence in the world, but headteachers have told me grammar schools are good for disadvantaged pupils.’

That was the...

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When Tristram Hunt, former shadow education secretary, wanted to speak at Woodbridge High School during the 2015 election campaign, Redbridge...

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 ‘We will bring back grammars.’  That’s the Tory Manifesto message.

Never mind international evidence shows selection harms those who aren’...

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Yesterday's announcement promised £1 billion extra a year for the core schools budget, made up of £650 million diverted from free infant lunches...

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120 academies transferred to other academy trusts in the eight months from 1 May 2016 to 31 December 2016, Freedom of Information reveals.

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137 academy trusts missed the 31 December deadline for submitting audited accounts for year ending 31 August 2016 to the Education Funding Agency...

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Free schools, we are told, will offer more choice to parents.  But that’s not what's happened in Rutland, England’s smallest county.

There...

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Neil Carmichael, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, doesn’t support plans to expand selective education.  Speaking at the...

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With campaigning underway for the general election, the key issue in education is funding. The recent IFS report noted that "between 2010–...

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Two years ago Sir Alasdair Macdonald gave this speech at the Happy Schools conference, organised by the Guardian and my own company...

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At the end of last year the Local Schools Network website passed one million unique viewers, in the years since our launch. Here are our top ten...

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Five years ago, after the first DfE release of school-by-school data, we wrote about the fact that the data showed that academies did no better...

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Contact for press enquires: Henry Stewart (07870 682442) Many claims are made by the proponents of grammar schools, with their rose-tinted view of...

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The first three academies, Business Academy, Greig City, and Unity City were opened in 2002. In 2005, the Department for Education and Skills (...

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 Melissa Benn, Chair of Comprehensive Future, annotates Theresa May’s supposedly ‘One Nation’ speech on the steps of Downing Street on...

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Fiona Millar
Francis Gilbert
Henry Stewart
Melissa Benn