Long reads

In the autumn of 1973, an article by Milton Friedman appeared in the New York Times . Entitled ‘Selling Schools like Groceries’, the piece was part... Read more
The current controversy over the owners’responsibility for the collapse of the high street retailer BHS – on top of the shareholders’ revolt over the... Read more
I am a proscribed organisation. I wasn’t even aware of the fact until the recent news coverage of Schools Adjudicator Dr Elizabeth Passmore’s... Read more
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07.02.16 by Matthew Bennett
Last September, a new player entered the English education market. Floreat Education, a private limited company, opened two primary academies in... Read more
I have just read a book by Matthew Syed entitled ‘ Black Box Thinking ‘ (2015), John Murray. Despite the title, it is about, learning from mistakes... Read more
Thank you, I am delighted to be here. This book is a truly collaborative effort, a distillation of the thinking and writing of the four founders of... Read more
Version 2: Updated 24/10/15 to include provisional 2015 GCSE figures This article is a summary of many of my articles analysing the performance of... Read more
Ever since the Thatcher-Reagan love-in of the early 1980s, English education has taken its cue from developments in the US, united by a commitment to... Read more
Debate the election issues with LSN With the local and European polls out of the way, the way is clear now for 11 months of electioneering and policy... Read more
Last month I was invited to speak at a conference of housing professionals on the subject “To Profit or Not To Profit”. The government is now trying... Read more
Within the life of this parliament, Michael Gove's 'reforms' are likely to have three consequences for publicly-funded schools in England. The first... Read more