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A joint investigation by FE Week and the Financial Times which culminated in a court case has successfully overturned a ban on publication of a... Read more
Mellissa Benn wrote powerfully about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 201 7: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a... 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
‘ 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
Since I published this article I have received a lot of email correspondence from internationally respected academics. The general thrust of this has... Read more
This article shows that the East Asian education systems that come out at the top of the PISA rankings sink to the bottom half of the table when... 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
My article, ‘ Why maketisation invalidates Progress 8 ‘, addresses the concern that the production of high stakes performance measures for schools is... Read more
Analysis by PWC finds that the majority of academy trusts continue to underperform. At the same time, between 2014 and 2015, there has been... Read more
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Einstein captured the issue in a single sentence. “ Sometimes what counts can’t be counted, and what can be counted doesn’t count. ” With Maths in... Read more
As protests grow at so many aspects of current policy - from an impoverished curriculum to the diminishment of local democracy, the erosion of... Read more
SATS: One Parent’s Dilemma English children are now the most heavily tested in the world – and a revolt is building within weeks of the Year 2 and... Read more
‘Pupils let down by their parents: White British children are overtaken by 10 other ethnic groups by the age of 16 as alarming report shows their... Read more
Contact: 07870 682442, henry@happy.co.uk The government has announced that all schools are to be forced to become academies . However the data is... Read more
On Friday all the major British newspapers ran remarkably similar headlines on the story about research from Durham University, comparing private and... Read more
The cognitive development of individual pupils should become the key objective of the primary and secondary school curriculum and there should be no... Read more
Yesterday, the Guardian published an excellent piece by journalist John Harris on the death of creativity and enjoyment of learning our state school... Read more
MISLEADING IMPLICATION According to the dictionary , ‘transformed’ means ‘to change (something) completely and usually in a good way.’ That’s what I... Read more