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The two selective schools in Poole, Dorset, were oversubscribed if all preferences are taken into account.  But so were three Poole...

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‘…selective and grammar schools are often hugely over-subscribed, so consulting on how we respond to that demand from parents and pupils is...

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‘U turn or You’ll lose’ – that was the message to Prime Minister Theresa May from Tory MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown on Radio 4’s Today this morning...

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Grammar schools and their organisations dominated meetings with the Department for Education’s Selective Education Team both during and after the...

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This Guardian article reports research arguing for the existence of a class-based conspiracy to prevent the children of poor families getting...

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The last week has not been good for schools worried about money. The Chancellor seems immune to warnings about the state of school funding. The...

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Grammar schools and their organisations dominated meetings with the Department for Education’s Selective Education Team both during and after the...

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The last week has not been good for schools worried about money. The Chancellor seems immune to warnings about the state of school funding. The...

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Schools Minister Nick Gibb attacks education ‘experts’ in his speech to Education World Forum.  But he then sets himself up as an expert.

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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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Fast-moving changes in government policies towards sponsored academy pledges put Oasis Community Learning in an ‘impossible situation’, Freedom of...

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Young people need careers education in schools which is embedded into and fits alongside the curriculum and is informed by labour market...

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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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