Education reform

Rachel, Boris and Jo Johnson. Only one of them received a first class degree (Photo: Getty)

Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

1 July 2015 11:49

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade students. The new science and universities minister suggested that they rethink… Continue reading


Who is in charge of the Education department?

1 February 2015 15:08

The Tories are embarking on an ‘education week’, which means they won’t just be fighting Labour but also the Lib Dems, as the latter like to strike up a fight… Continue reading


The Conservatives will lose votes if they fail to defend their school reforms

30 January 2015 8:51

We can be sure that between now and May there will be an endless barrage of lies and disinformation aimed at belittling this government’s achievements in improving schools. The real… Continue reading


Tony Blair reaches out to Gove

4 December 2014 17:37

Tony Blair has taken some time out from posing awkwardly with his wife in order to pen a piece for the New York Times. While he tries to avoid getting… Continue reading

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless?

25 November 2014 17:52

Tristram Hunt has managed to get a great deal of attention for his proposals for private schools helping out state schools, with even his own (private but sufficiently stuffed with… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading


Nicky Morgan’s challenge: stop Gove becoming a useful bogeyman

12 August 2014 8:47

Tristram Hunt announces today that he wants to put a stop to the policy of overhauling A-levels. That means that Labour isn’t going to do something that the Coalition says… Continue reading

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Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

21 July 2014 14:09

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and his agenda. But a letter in The Sunday Times yesterday told… Continue reading

Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Michael Gove’s ‘personal crusade’

10 July 2014 9:25

Michael Gove’s speech to today’s education reform conference is a robust defence of his reforms. He calls closing the attainment gap between rich and poor a ‘personal crusade for me’.… Continue reading


Shock as select committee backs minister

18 June 2014 8:56

Like all good select committees, the Education Select Committee is rarely a helpful chum of Michael Gove. Its warnings on the reform of GCSEs, for instance, played a part in… Continue reading


Michael Gove’s moral mission

7 June 2014 11:40

Few modern-day political speeches need to be read in full, but Michael Gove’s today does. The speech to Policy Exchange’s Education Conference contains what must be the moral core of… Continue reading


Gove uses urgent question on free schools to trumpet his achievements

12 May 2014 16:47

Even though the row over free schools has nothing to do with the Labour party, it took a reasonable bet that it would benefit from joining the fray by asking… Continue reading

First Aid Kit: IES free school alumni

How to repair a free school – the next stage of Michael Gove’s reforms

28 February 2014 15:36

Any government can set out on a journey of reform – the question is whether they can stay on course upon hitting turbulence. The coalition is entering this phase now.… Continue reading

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The education big tent is collapsing

10 February 2014 17:14

The pegs are definitely coming out of Michael Gove’s education big tent, although it’s not just the Secretary of State who is pulling them out. Time was when Stephen Twigg… Continue reading

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Michael Gove and the fight for the moral high ground

3 February 2014 15:56

Michael Gove’s speech today was, as James explained at the weekend, a pitch from the Tories to be the optimists of the 2015 election. He wanted to have a little… Continue reading

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

What the National Audit Office really said about free schools

11 December 2013 8:52

Is the free schools project unnecessary and costly? If you take your news from the BBC, then you might be forgiven for answering ‘yes’: the Beeb’s reporting on the National… Continue reading

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PISA rankings are a shot in the arm for education reformers

3 December 2013 10:52

Like measuring water by the handful, calculating the success of the education system at a time of rampant grade inflation is an impossible task. If exam results go up every year… Continue reading

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Tories give Tristram Hunt grief over ‘car crash’ interview

31 October 2013 17:53

It was quite strange yesterday that Michael Gove’s allies were quite so happy to concede ahead of his first proper scrap with Tristram Hunt that it was going to be… Continue reading

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Twist in teaching debate as speaker rejects government attempt to calm row

30 October 2013 11:40

Oh dear. As I explained yesterday, the most likely thing the Coalition parties could do to defuse Tristram Hunt’s troublemaking teaching qualifications debate this afternoon would be to table an… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Pledge Upto £1200 A Year Government Support For Childcare

Nick Clegg isn’t the only senior Lib Dem who could damage free schools

20 October 2013 13:08

After Nick Clegg decided to have a grump about free schools in a paper whose own polling suggests they are popular with the public (more on this from Fraser), the… Continue reading


The truth about Tristram Hunt’s ‘conversion’ on free schools

13 October 2013 9:45

Much rejoicing in the ranks of education reformers today as just one sinner repents. Tristram Hunt has toldthe Mail On Sunday that Labour doesn’t think free schools are just for… Continue reading

Both Michael Gove and Stephen Twigg want to tackle abuse of multiple exam entries. Photo: Getty Images.

No need to fret Stephen Twigg, Gove is already tackling multiple exam entries

22 August 2013 19:10

At last, something Michael Gove and Stephen Twigg agree on. Both the Education Secretary and his opposite number agree that efforts need to be made to tackle pupils entering the… Continue reading


Michael Gove: a Labour government would have no choice but to continue my reforms

24 July 2013 18:07

Will Michael Gove’s education reforms really have a lasting impact? It’s a question that perturbs his supporters no end, as the Education Secretary is attempting to do a great deal… Continue reading

Posters in Tynemouth shops supporting the new Kings Priory Academy. Photo: Sebastian Payne.

Parents vs. the system: which side is Labour on?

12 July 2013 17:45

Should Labour support private schools joining the state sector? Yes, is probably your immediate response but in reality, Labour’s position is unfathomable. A case in point is the battle for… Continue reading