Policy

Faith free schools must reserve half of their applications for children who are not of the faith. That doesn’t mean half of pupils in faith free... 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
The Prime Minister and the Chancellor wrote forewords. So did ministers Michael Gove and Nick Gibb.* The heavily-endorsed publication attracting such... Read more
At what point does a stock phrase become a target for derision? We saw it in the last election when Theresa May tried to convince the electorate that... Read more
‘One in four children go to failing secondary schools,’ says the New Schools Network (NSN), the taxpayer funded charity set up to promote free... Read more
This is the title of a publication by ‘More than a score’. More than a score is a broad coalition established by the largest teachers’ union the NUT... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t know the value of charges registered against free schools, Freedom of Information has revealed. Legal... 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
The proportion of pupils entering at least five EBacc subjects has gone down since 2016, from 39.7% in 2016 to 38.2% in 2017, Department for... Read more
Selective schools, Theresa May believes, are the best way to lift disadvantaged high-achieving pupils out of poverty. Those who oppose selection... Read more
Attending university is one of life’s biggest financial decisions. But young people aren’t able to assess the value of their investment, the National... Read more
At the Mad Hatter’s tea party, the March Hare tells Alice that she should say what she means. ‘I do,’ Alice replied; ‘at least—at least I mean what I... Read more
‘Gove rants at clock-watching civil servants’ Sunday Times , 21 January 2018 The Environment Secretary ‘accused senior civil servants of blocking new... Read more
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‘They don’t give a monkey’s what the music is, whether it’s Schubert in German or the theme from Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, but... Read more
When a contractor on a public contract enters into a sub-contract, there must be a clause in the sub-contract saying payment of valid invoices will... Read more
It’s over five years since the Olympic Games security saga. The army had to be hauled in because private contractor G4S didn’t provide enough... Read more
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Unions are calling for an enquiry into the collapse of Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services to the NHS, prisons,... Read more
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