Melissa Benn, Chair of Comprehensive Future, annotates Theresa May’s supposedly ‘One Nation’ speech on the steps of Downing Street on July 13th in the light of announcements that she looks likely to lift the ban on the creation of new grammar schools. I have just been to... Read more

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We already know how those running academies can profit from their involvement – high salaries; complicated structures; ‘unusual’ payments to...

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The new Conservative Prime Minister has indicated her willingness to allow the creation of new grammar schools and selection at age 11 in the...

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Schools minister Nick Gibb ‘inadvertently’ repeated the discredited claim that the UK’s position in PISA tables had fallen from 2000.   This...

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Support for new grammar schools has dropped from 40% in May 2015 to 38% today, according to the latest YouGov poll.    This is far lower than the...

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For one month only, 16 August to 16 September 2016, there are five copies of our book, The Truth about Our Schools: Exposing the Myths Exploring...

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Following the 2012 success of our comprehensive Olympians who won 14 of our 18 individual gold medal awards, as these games draw to a close, so...

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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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 This Government is committed to converting all schools in England to academies run by charitable trusts funded by the state.   But how well do...

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Schools minister Nick Gibb ‘inadvertently’ repeated the discredited claim that the UK’s position in PISA tables had fallen from 2000.   This...

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Academies, we are told, are essential for improving schools.  When Labour started the first academies we were assured these new schools would...

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Following the 2012 success of our comprehensive Olympians who won 14 of our 18 individual gold medal awards, as these games draw to a close, so...

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It is a ‘shocking abuse of the trust,' fumed Margaret Hodge, former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, when told of generous salaries and...

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Moving an academy from one academy trust to another can costs taxpayers’ money.  These can range from £0 to over £6m in one extreme case...

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Amid all the controversy about the government's new "academise all schools" White Paper, it might be easy to forget that there is another, equally...

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This article is an extract from a forthcoming book, The Long Game: The Lessons We Can Learn From Long-Serving Teachers, which will be published...

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LSN readers may have been a little puzzled by headlines yesterday, including in the Guardian, proclaiming ‘Soaring state schools threaten...

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Version 2: Updated 24/10/15 to include provisional 2015 GCSE figuresThis article is a summary of many of my articles analysing the performance of... Read more

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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