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Education reform

This week 50,000 parents will have been sent rejection letters. Mockup: Carla Millar

Is Gove’s school reform genie out of the bottle?

19 April 2013 13:24

Will Michael Gove’s reforms outlast him? They are perhaps this government’s single greatest accomplishment. Within three years it has gone from legislation to a nascent industry, and much of it… Continue reading

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Michael Gove today said the voice of unions was diminishing. Picture: Getty

Michael Gove: Unions need to do a better job

18 April 2013 15:11

Cometh the Gove, cometh the angry trade union representative. It was inevitable that the Education Secretary would have at least one exchange with someone from one of the two largest… Continue reading

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Michael Gove has given schools guidance on performance-related pay for teachers. And the unions aren't happy. Picture: Getty

Michael Gove the evil overlord strikes again

16 April 2013 18:08

Michael Gove is at it again. Today he’s taken it upon himself to ‘heap further misery’ onto teachers with ‘reckless’ plans that would damage children’s education. At least, that’s what… Continue reading

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This image, from the film 'Waiting for Superman', hangs on Gove's office wall. "The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield," runs the slogan. "It will be determined in a classroom."

Yes, Gove has lost a battle. But he’s winning the education war

8 February 2013 9:59

Michael Gove’s enemies will have savoured his defeat yesterday, and enjoyed every second of his Commons speech admitting that his pet project, the EBacc, was ‘a bridge too far’. Gove… Continue reading

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Even the best laid plans of Michael Gove can go awry

7 February 2013 8:56

Coalition ministers and commentators like to study Michael Gove as an example of a successful reforming politician. The Education Secretary is most definitely man not mouse, taking on some of… Continue reading

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Education

If Nick Clegg doesn’t think his local schools are much cop, then he should say so

25 January 2013 13:06

Normally, it is really rather tiresome when a politician is pilloried in the media for choosing to send their children to a private school above the local state schools. There’s… Continue reading

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A student receives their exam results. The government today announced reforms to A-levels. Picture: Getty

Why meddling with A-levels won’t work

23 January 2013 14:07

Conservatives will, no doubt, welcome the government’s announcement about A-levels today. Modules will be abolished. We will return to one tough exam at the end of the two years of… Continue reading

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Gove to Treasury: let schools borrow!

28 December 2012 10:51

For all the good intention of Michael Gove’s school reforms, there have been only a few dozen new schools so far. When I interviewed him for The Spectator earlier this… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s schools ultimatum pushes up standards

14 December 2012 17:36

Michael Gove’s reformation of the education system from top to bottom has so far been unstoppable. Often though, the Education Secretary’s detractors bellow there is a lack of proof that… Continue reading

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From the teaching unions' response to the decision to introduce performance-related pay into the teaching sector, you'd think Michael Gove had put Voldemort in charge of teacher pay. Picture: Getty

Do teaching unions not trust head teachers?

7 December 2012 12:45

Michael Gove had a very good autumn statement: not only did he get £1bn for new free schools and academies, but he also got performance-related pay for teachers. Gone will… Continue reading

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Michael Gove and David Cameron hold a meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, who today criticised the way some local authorities handle underperforming schools. Picture: Getty

How will Michael Gove respond to Ofsted’s attack on councils?

27 November 2012 8:51

Ofsted’s annual report, due out later today, will launch a scathing attack on those responsible for underperforming schools. But rather than taking aim at the teachers or the schools, it’s… Continue reading

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Children learn to bake at a Steiner school. Picture: Getty.

The quiet country lane hosting a schooling revolution

14 September 2012 13:58

The location hardly suggests revolution. A few miles down a Somerset country lane, a new school opened this week. It will do so on the site of a tiny old… Continue reading

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The Education department will soon make an announcement on the details of GCSE reform. Picture: Getty.

Not ‘the best results ever’: Good news for GCSEs

24 August 2012 13:55

For the first year since GCSE’s came in we have not seen ‘the best results ever’.  Which is, of course, a great relief.  As Anthony Seldon, among others, has pointed… Continue reading

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What factors influence these pupils to gain far better GCSEs? Photo: PA.

What influences GCSE grades?

23 August 2012 13:01

For the first time in the history of GCSE exams, this year’s results have seen a decline in grades. Today, the Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents exam boards, announced… Continue reading

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The Spectator's cover - 25 August 2012. Illustration: Adams.

The View from 22 – international justice, school sports and unfair GCSE results

23 August 2012 8:44

Is there a downside to our glowing era of ‘international justice’? In this week’s cover feature, Douglas Murray writes that our carefully designed system can trap criminals, giving them no… Continue reading

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General Election - Education

The ideological row over profit-making schools

15 August 2012 15:20

Earlier this week IPPR published a paper which made the case against for-profit schools. Two of the leading proponents of such schools, Toby Young and Gabriel Sahlgren, have since responded.… Continue reading

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London Based Teachers Hold Strike Action Over Government Pension Proposals

Give profit-making schools a chance

10 August 2012 10:40

Rick Muir, an associate director of the IPPR, published a paper this week called ‘Not For Profit: the role of the private sector in England’s schools’ in which he argues… Continue reading

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Year 10 pupils receive their first lesso

Training does not make the best teachers

2 August 2012 10:52

None of us would accept being treated by a doctor or by a nurse who hadn’t had extensive training, nor would we want legal advice from someone who hadn’t been… Continue reading

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General Election - Education

Unqualified teachers haven’t ‘irreparably damaged’ the private sector: why do state schools deserve anything different?

27 July 2012 17:59

The furore surrounding the news – which James broke on Coffee House this afternoon – that academies will now be able to employ teachers who are not qualified was so brilliantly… Continue reading

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Year 10 pupils receive their first lesso

Academies to be allowed to employ teachers without formal training

27 July 2012 13:25

The pace of reform in education has been stepped up again today. The model funding agreement for all new academies has now been changed by the Department for Education to… Continue reading

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Year 10 pupils receive their first lesso

How long can the government ignore demands for free grammar schools?

19 July 2012 15:45

The argument about grammar schools had been stuck in a rut. Opponents argued that the division between grammar schools and secondary modern was too binary. But with the advent of… Continue reading

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Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

Three lessons for Mr Gove, by Andrew Adonis

24 June 2012 11:30

The Spectator’s Schools Revolution conference is being held on Tuesday next week. One of the special guest speakers, Lord Adonis, here gives the present government three lessons gained from his… Continue reading

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Schools: the cash illusion

23 June 2012 11:45

13 years of Labour rule taught us two vital lessons about school reform. The first is that there is no direct link between money and results. Funding per pupil more… Continue reading

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The ideological quandary over Gove’s curriculum reform

15 June 2012 14:45

Primary school children studying subordinate clauses and foreign languages? What an outlandish but suddenly very real idea. Michael Gove announced earlier this week a curriculum reshuffle to restore rigour and… Continue reading

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Clegg goes mobile

14 May 2012 13:41

Just as David Cameron is trying to move on from a tough few weeks by returning to themes that worked for him earlier in his leadership, Nick Clegg is also… Continue reading

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