Grammar schools

As our government zigzags on yet another approach for schools, I wonder why, unlike most countries, we can’t settle on a model and Get It Right.... Read more
A group of Kent head teachers has asked us to publish this letter that they have written to Theresa May regarding her policy of opening new grammar... Read more
Fed up with a couple of years failing to persuade the Information Commissioner and the courts that simply releasing 11+ test marks will undermine '... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) said it could spot bogus submissions to its consultations, it told Schools Week . A spokesperson said there were ‘... Read more
‘… the Schools that Work for Everyone consultation [aims] to seek the widest possible range of views on how the Government can build upon these... Read more
It’s obvious – if schools choose only the brightest poor pupils, children eligible for free schools meals (FSM) who pass the 11+, then there will be... Read more
The Department for Education has accepted a questionnaire response from Ebenezer Scrooge. The survey completed in his name canvasses parents and... Read more
After the EU referendum I wrote an article which began by drawing attention to comments made by Conservative Party elder statesman, former Chancellor... Read more
Setting up selective schools in disadvantaged areas would improve area performance and help social mobility, the think tank ResPublica writes. But... 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
The Government isn’t planning to reintroduce the 11+, claimed former Education Secretary Michael Gove on The World at One *. This would be ‘totally... Read more
Britain’s favourite civil servant, Sir Humphrey, once said of Prime Minister Hacker, “If he can’t ignore facts he’s got no business being a... Read more
Every school should welcome every child. There should be no barriers to any state school . Schools funded by taxpayers should be open to children of... Read more
Education Secretary Justine Greening said yesterday that expanding grammar schools would ‘absolutely not’ mean a return to the 11+ selection exam,... Read more
‘ If you look at the attainment within grammar schools, poorer children do better in grammar schools than they do in other schools, in the sense that... Read more
Prime Minister Theresa May says more grammar schools are essential for social mobility. That is nonsense, of course, evidence shows grammars weren’t... Read more
John Bolt of the SEA writes: Teresa May’s decision to re-open the issue of grammar schools – and secondary moderns - has trained a spotlight directly... Read more
Headteachers’ role as the ‘key educator and leader of learning’ is seen as important but is ‘no longer the predominant activity,’ says a report into... Read more