Three good articles today help to build a picture of what government policy will really mean in practice over the next few years.
The first here
reports a new Swedish study that builds on existing evidence showing free schools neither raise standards overall or address the issues of social segregation. In fact they will probably make it worse.
The second, a leader from the same paper, the Observer,
explains succinctly why, far from being 'family friendly', this government's policies will make life tougher for parents and almost certainly increase child poverty. This will undoubtedly have a knock on effect on the outcomes for children, not least from the families for whom benefit changes may lead to homelessness.
Finally the Oxford Times
report on local school funding reinforces the evidence now building up all over the country. The academy conversions of already well resourced, successful schools are being funded by top slicing a disproportionate amount of money from local authorities, with potentially serious effects on remaining schools, many of which are primary schools that are choosing to stay within their local authorities.
I have been away for a while, and working on another project, to be published this week. But a slight detachment from the day to day political thrust has provided a useful perspective. In spite of all the photo ops , platitudinous speeches from David Cameron and sycophantic media coverage from right leaning papers, this government's policies have yet to be tested by time. My prediction is that they will be found wanting.