I was prompted to write this article by a recent telephone conversation with the complaints section of my Electricity Supply company. I won’t bore readers with the details, but if I indicate that it concerned estimated meter readings and the unilateral raising of my monthly... Read more

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In thirteen months from 1 September 2013 to 31 October 2014, a total of 23 academies changed hands.  But the latest data, obtained via Freedom of...

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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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The Government wants more grammar schools to open.  It also wants existing grammars to prioritise children from ‘ordinary working families’ who...

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You’d think that arguing over which teaching methods were most effective was a modern argument.  But you’d be wrong. 

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When the Department for Education told me they would publish academy transfer fees sometime in the future, I did not expect to be still waiting...

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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.

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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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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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This chart is taken from this article in The Conversation, and shows the proportion of children that get into grammar schools by...

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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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It may be a ruse to draw attention to the schools funding crisis.  It may not.  But asking parents to set up regular donations to cover essentials...

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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