Policy

The Conservative manifesto, which is being quoted by Tory candidates, is very carefully worded and extremely misleading. It gives the impression of... Read more
‘ You can have all the evidence in the world, but headteachers have told me grammar schools are good for disadvantaged pupils .’ That was the answer... Read more
‘We will bring back grammars.’ That’s the Tory Manifesto message. Never mind international evidence shows selection harms those who aren’t selected... Read more
Yesterday's announcement promised £1 billion extra a year for the core schools budget, made up of £650 million diverted from free infant lunches and... Read more
The 2015 Tory Party Manifesto said the party would continue setting up University Technical Colleges (UTCs) until there was one ‘within reach of... Read more
Neil Carmichael, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, doesn’t support plans to expand selective education. Speaking at the Annual... Read more
With campaigning underway for the general election, the key issue in education is funding. The recent IFS report noted that "between 2010–11 and 2015... Read more
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