Free schools

The ‘headlines’ in the New School Network publication The Case for Free Schools are puff statements. In particular, the data is dragooned to... Read more
The New Schools Network (NSN) has published a blurb called The Case for Free Schools . It would be tempting, but wrong, to write a case against free... Read more
It’s becoming a habit with the Department for Education. The department or its ministers make a dodgy statement. A complaint is made to the UK... Read more
This is an abridged version of the full article which can be found here . Politics and education are inseparable and always have been. This is clear... Read more
In the run-up to elections, it’s difficult to sift facts from spin. The National Foundation for Educational Research and FullFact have come to voters... Read more
When Tristram Hunt, former shadow education secretary, wanted to speak at Woodbridge High School during the 2015 election campaign, Redbridge council... Read more
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 was already... 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 width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline . New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who... Read more
Secondary schools in rapidly growing Greenwood Dale Academies Trust (GAT) have been criticised by Ofsted following focussed inspections. Inspectors... Read more
I last wrote about Highbury Grove School (HGS) in 2014: I quote 'The parents who chose HG back in 2011 and in successive years have continued to... Read more
The Government’s ambition to open 500 new free schools is not ambitious enough, says Toby Young, the new director of the New Schools Network , the... Read more
For one month only, 16 August to 16 September 2016, there are five copies of our book, The Truth about Our Schools: Exposing the Myths Exploring the... Read more
Chetwynde Free School, a former Barrow in Furness independent school faced with dwindling pupil numbers before it became a free school in September... Read more
In the light of the scandal at Kings Science Academy, one of the 24 free schools opened in September 2011 amid great publicity, perhaps it’s time to... Read more
Sajid Raza, founder and former head of Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and two other staff members including his sister have been found guilty of... Read more
As you may be aware verdicts have now been delivered in the fraud trial of three people associated with the King's Science Academy, one of the first... Read more
Graduates who fall behind in student loan repayments while living abroad should be arrested at the UK border, suggests the Higher Education Policy... Read more