I do think we’re at a time, as a country, where this stuff really fits pretty well with economic crises … when you’re in a situation when you’re gonna be laying people off anyway, how do you make that as good as possible, and one of the ways is to have more of the work happening... Read more

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Former Education Secretary, Chief Whip and Justice Secretary Michael Gove appears to have a lot of time on his hands since he was relegated to...

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School improvement strategies put in place by the University Cathedral Academies Trust (UCAT) in its first five years ‘have failed to deliver the...

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As our government zigzags on yet another approach for schools, I wonder why, unlike most countries, we can’t settle on a model and Get It Right...

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A group of Kent head teachers has asked us to publish this letter that they have written to Theresa May regarding her policy of opening new...

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Schools minister Nick Gibb claims to be swayed only by evidence.   He cited two teaching methods which he says were ‘evidence-based’ in the...

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Since I published this article I have received a lot of email correspondence from internationally respected academics. The general thrust of this...

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I do think we’re at a time, as a country, where this stuff really fits pretty well with economic crises … when you’re in a situation when you’re...

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Copeland MP Jamie Reed, Mayor Mike Starkie and parents  have now been joined in their calls for Bright Tribe to be removed as sponsors of...

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 The Department for Education has accepted a questionnaire response from Ebenezer Scrooge.  The survey completed in his name canvasses parents and...

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Schools minister Nick Gibb claims to be swayed only by evidence.   He cited two teaching methods which he says were ‘evidence-based’ in the...

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Since I published this article I have received a lot of email correspondence from internationally respected academics. The general thrust of this...

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In October, I revealed how just over £10m of the outstanding £13m in pre-2010 academy pledges was owed by just two trusts, Harris Federation and...

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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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Involving businesses in education was a central plank of Labour’s sponsored academies programme – a business could sponsor schools providing...

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“…if CfBT, Serco or anyone else wants to set up a new school, that we will allow you,” said Mr Gove twenty-four minutes into his speech at the...

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Phonics, according to Ofsted, are “letters and the sounds that they make”. But for some producers of phonics materials, the sound is the noise of...

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Fiona Millar
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Melissa Benn