Theresa May’s speech on university tuition fee reform omitted one salient fact:  it was the Coalition government which raised fees to up to £9k from 2012.   The then universities minister David Willetts said the move was ‘progressive’.  The Million+ group of new universities... Read more

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Theresa May’s speech on university tuition fee reform omitted one salient fact:  it was the Coalition government which raised fees to up to £9k...

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The Prime Minister and the Chancellor wrote forewords.  So did ministers Michael Gove and Nick Gibb.* 

The heavily-endorsed publication...

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At what point does a stock phrase become a target for derision?   We saw it in the last election when Theresa May tried to convince the...

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‘One in four children go to failing secondary schools,’ says the New Schools Network (NSN), the taxpayer funded charity set up to promote free...

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‘The tech gurus of Silicon Valley know that screens do not belong in the classroom’

Times leader 10 February 2018 (£)

This isn’t new...

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It’s essential, politicians say, for schools to close the gap in GCSE achievement between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils. 

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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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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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At the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the March Hare tells Alice that she should say what she means.

‘I do,’ Alice replied; ‘at least—at least I...

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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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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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This morning, on Radio 4's Today programme, George Osborne claimed that the transformation of London schools was due to the introduction of...

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Selective schools, Theresa May believes, are the best way to lift disadvantaged high-achieving pupils out of poverty.  Those who oppose selection...

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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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It’s happened before.  And it’s likely to happen again.  The Department for Education (DfE) publishes an announcement with misleading data.  This...

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Given Labour’s bold and exciting proposals for a free cradle to grave National Education Service, failures in the further and higher education...

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The Office for Students (OfS) was propelled onto the public stage following the controversial appointment to its board of Toby Young, New Schools...

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