Comprehensive schools

Selective schools have long been associated with higher achievement in exams at 16. This achievement plays a major part in marketing for ‘top’... Read more
Conservatives are ignoring the ‘huge success right before their nose,’ wrote Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph earlier this month. And what is this ‘... Read more
71% of UK adults want more spending on education, the British Social Attitudes Survey 2017 reveals. The survey also found 83% would like to see more... Read more
It’s essential, politicians say, for schools to close the gap in GCSE achievement between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils. But very few schools... Read more
Local authority maintained schools are among the best in the country when judged by Progress 8. I’ve said so before . But let's be honest: this... Read more
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published what is probably the most comprehensive study yet on ‘The Attainment Gap’ , which has been the... Read more
Selective schools, Theresa May believes, are the best way to lift disadvantaged high-achieving pupils out of poverty. Those who oppose selection... Read more
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07.12.17 by
This post is prompted by an article in today's 'i' newspaper that includes a table of EU and EFTA countries in order of the percentage of secondary... Read more
The last Labour manifesto said a Labour government would impose VAT on independent school fees, T he Times wrote on 16 September (behind paywall).... Read more
Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was... Read more
This is the latest example from a BBC report of 3 August. “The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-... Read more
Mellissa Benn wrote powerfully about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 201 7: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a... Read more
Kathleen Mitchell, champion of comprehensive schools and social education, died on 22 May 2017. She was aged 100. Kathleen didn’t start out as a... Read more
The Conservative Party policy on grammar schools is abhorrent. It would take a blog and a half to recount all the evidence that has been amassed... Read more
The Government wants more grammar schools to open. It also wants existing grammars to prioritise children from ‘ordinary working families’ who are... Read more
The two selective schools in Poole, Dorset, were oversubscribed if all preferences are taken into account. But so were three Poole comprehensives.... Read more
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... Read more
This Guardian article reports research arguing for the existence of a class-based conspiracy to prevent the children of poor families getting into... Read more