GCSEs

This year marks a signifi cant anniversary in the history of education policy in this country. Thirty years ago this summer the Great Education... Read more
The ‘north/south attainment gap’ claimed to exist by The Sutton Trust, The Social Mobility Foundation, the DfE, the National Schools Commissioner and... Read more
‘Free schools have largely been set up in areas with a need for more school places,’ research * from NFER and Sutton Trust shows. It’s good news that... Read more
Hold on to your hats! It’s that thorny subject, rearing its ‘timely’ head again. Roger Titcombe and I are busy trying to convince others that... Read more
I have received this response from The Sutton Trust to my article questioning the ‘attainment gap’ . Research by John Goldthorpe has shown that... Read more
Five challenges face English schools, Robert Halfon, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, said yesterday. He was speaking in an... Read more
She stole the show at the Oscars – little Maisy Sly, profoundly deaf, who played Libby in the film The Silent Child . The film won the Oscar for Best... Read more
According to schools minister Nick Gibb, the debate about reformed GCSE English Literature earlier this week was ‘just one more example’ of Labour’s... Read more
Selective schools put social cohesion at risk ‘for no clear improvement in overall results’. That’s the conclusion of Durham University academics in... Read more
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
Teachers at flagship free school Michaela Community School (MCS) fear they will be ‘harmed’ by pupils from other schools, recent accounts* reveal. It... Read more
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... Read more
This morning, on Radio 4's Today programme, George Osborne claimed that the transformation of London schools was due to the introduction of academies... 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
Ministers have insisted GCSE reforms were essential to bring England in line with countries which perform highly in the three-yearly international... Read more
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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
'When I was a teenager, kids set fire to the Bristol comprehensive* I attended, razing it to the ground. It felt likely they were giving their... Read more