Policy

Non-association private schools, those fee-paying schools not associated to groups affiliated to the Independent Schools Council ( ISC ), are less... 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
The Department of Education has been ticked off by the UK Statistics Authority again. This time it was for a tweet (now withdrawn) which said: “70%... Read more
Schools minister Nick Gibb didn’t wait to make a speech before citing research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) which supposedly damned... Read more
( Posted on behalf of Trevor Fisher ) Forty years ago this autumn the Labour Prime Minister, James Callaghan, gave a speech at Ruskin College in... 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
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
Posted on behalf of Trevor Fisher Why are Westminster politicians so deeply resistant to evidence on educational issues? Expert opinion counts for... Read more
Ever since Theresa May announced her policy of more grammar schools, I have been trying to work out the reasoning. Surely if it is not defeated in... Read more
‘How to win the argument against grammar schools’. Sam Freedman, former advisor to Michael Gove, gave an impassioned response at the ResearchEd... Read more
The Grammar Green Paper is called, without a trace of irony, Schools that work for everyone . But its proposals are only likely to ‘work’, if they... Read more
The PM’s said it; the education secretary’s said it; schools minister Nick Gibb’s said it; the DfE’s robotic spokesperson's said it: ‘… there are now... Read more