Grammar schools and their organisations dominated meetings with the Department for Education’s Selective Education Team both during and after the consultation about Schools that Work for Everyone, Freedom of Information reveals.Four meetings were held with the Grammar Schools... Read more

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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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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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The Department for Education has missed the deadline for my Freedom of Information request asking for names of officials in its selective...

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It’s not every day I look at Michael Gove’s (@michaelgove) twitter feed.  Today was the first time.  And it was highly entertaining.   It appears...

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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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Future Academies, the academy trust set up by John Nash before he became Lord Nash and schools Minister in the Lords, pledged £2m in endowment...

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The width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline.

New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that...

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‘Britain’s first cut-price private school to charge just £52 a week’. 

The Sun, 22 February 2017

The paper outlines a proposal,...

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‘New selective schools will probably have a narrower ability range, perhaps more like top 10%’

Just one of the points emerging from meetings...

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‘We’ll press ahead quickly with grammars insists schools minister @NickGibbMP’ tweeted the Department for Education (DfE) on Valentine’s Day. ...

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Involving businesses in education was a central plank of Labour’s sponsored academies programme – a business could sponsor schools providing...

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“…if CfBT, Serco or anyone else wants to set up a new school, that we will allow you,” said Mr Gove twenty-four minutes into his speech at the...

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Phonics, according to Ofsted, are “letters and the sounds that they make”. But for some producers of phonics materials, the sound is the noise of...

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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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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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