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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
‘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*.... Read more
Grammar schools and their organisations dominated meetings with the Department for Education’s Selective Education Team both during and after the... 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
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... Read more
The Department for Education has missed the deadline for my Freedom of Information request asking for names of officials in its selective education... Read more
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 Gove... Read more
On 7 March 2016 I received an email from the Department for Education (DfE). It told me the DfE intended to release in the future the details of... Read more
Sponsors’ donations to schools are ‘driving inequality, says Jon Chaloner, founding member and Vice Chair of the Headteachers’ Roundtable . Speaking... Read more
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 is... Read more
Teacher shortage is a ‘major challenge’ in England, the Education Select Committee said in its second critical report into Government education... Read more
‘We’ll press ahead quickly with grammars insists schools minister @NickGibbMP’ tweeted the Department for Education (DfE) on Valentine’s Day. This... Read more
I’m not talking about Larry, the Downing Street cat. He has not died. I’m referring to the dead cat thrown out from Number Ten shortly after Theresa... Read more
Focusing on opening new grammar schools is ‘an unnecessary distraction’ , says Neil Carmichael, MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, a cross-... Read more
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... Read more
‘New selective schools will probably have a narrower ability range, perhaps more like top 10%’ Just one of the points emerging from meetings between... Read more
Schools Minister Nick Gibb attacks education ‘experts’ in his speech to Education World Forum. But he then sets himself up as an expert. I’ve written... Read more
Fast-moving changes in government policies towards sponsored academy pledges put Oasis Community Learning in an ‘impossible situation’, Freedom of... Read more