It’s over five years since the Olympic Games security saga.  The army had to be hauled in because private contractor G4S didn’t provide enough security guards.This prompted the present Chancellor Philip Hammond, then Defence Secretary, to question outsourcing public sector work... Read more
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I’ve had no problems in the past getting the names of academies which have changed hands in a particular period.  I’ve asked the Department of...

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When a contractor on a public contract enters into a sub-contract, there must be a clause in the sub-contract saying payment of valid invoices...

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It’s over five years since the Olympic Games security saga.  The army had to be hauled in because private contractor G4S didn’t provide enough...

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Unions are calling for an enquiry into the collapse of Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services to the NHS,...

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Toby Young is ‘not being allowed redemption for past offensive remarks despite his endeavours in schools’, said Catherine Pepinster on Radio 4...

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It’s nearly two years since Liam Nolan, CEO of Perry Beeches Academy Trust (PBAT), left under a cloud.  PBAT had been slapped with a Financial...

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‘It’s too hasty to claim that these improvements [in global reading test PIRLS] are attributable to policy changes…’ says the Department for...

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Perhaps it was suffering a New Year’s Eve hangover.  Perhaps it was January blues.

Whatever the excuse, the statement by the Department for...

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Ofsted had recommended that reception teachers should teach children to read using systematic synthetic phonics. 

All the evidence shows...

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It was ‘totally necessary’ for the ‘tight-knit team’ around former schools minister Michael Gove to use ‘fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency’ to...

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Ministers have insisted GCSE reforms were essential to bring England in line with countries which perform highly in the three-yearly international...

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Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services, is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  The probe is...

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The story is familiar to anyone who has read David Laws’ book Coalition:  the Department for Education (DfE) under Michael Gove was dysfunctional...

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This weekend the entire Social Mobility Commission resigned.  Alan Milburn, the Commission’s chair, wrote that he was ‘deeply proud of the work...

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(This was first published in Education Forward: Moving schools into the future, a call for a new approach to education)

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In May last year, 82 academy trusts responded to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to reveal  amounts received in transfer fees (aka...

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20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8...

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Submitted on behalf of Reclaiming Education 

1.Introduction

1)     Labour’s 2017 General Election Manifesto promised a National ­Education...

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