Policy

In thirteen months from 1 September 2013 to 31 October 2014, a total of 23 academies changed hands . But the latest data, obtained via Freedom of... Read more
The Government wants more grammar schools to open. It also wants existing grammars to prioritise children from ‘ordinary working families’ who are... Read more
You’d think that arguing over which teaching methods were most effective was a modern argument. But you’d be wrong. Today’s traditionalists regularly... Read more
When the Department for Education told me they would publish academy transfer fees sometime in the future, I did not expect to be still waiting for... Read more
This chart is taken from this article in The Conversation, and shows the proportion of children that get into grammar schools by affluence (from the... Read more
‘Education is a public service’ and ‘a common good that cannot be traded’, said Jean-Marie le Guen, the French Minister for Development, at the... Read more
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
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
‘ Are you a libertarian or Stalinist? ’ asked BBC Radio 4 Today when it interviewed Michael Gove in January 2011. Gove had been education secretary... 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