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Gove takes on private school dominance and trade union opposition

10 May 2012 17:59

The Education Secretary gave a very pugnacious speech this morning on the need to improve the country’s state schools. ‘It is remarkable,’ Michael Gove said at independent school Brighton College, ‘how… Continue reading

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Ash Green’s academy success story

21 April 2012 9:47

I was a panellist on Radio Four’s Any Questions last night, in Bedworth outside Coventry. At the reception afterwards, I got talking to the pupils, teachers and even the local… Continue reading

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The coming schools crisis

20 April 2012 9:16

Michael Gove’s school reform is being overwhelmed by the surging demand for school places, I argue in my Telegraph column today. When the Education Secretary first draw up his ‘free… Continue reading

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The importance of sacking bad teachers

6 April 2012 13:31

The opposition of the National Union of Teachers to the government’s plans to make it easier to fire bad teachers is entirely predictable. The NUT has long placed the interests… Continue reading

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Detoxifying profit in education

23 February 2012 18:19

Profit and education are still two words that should only be put together with caution. The coalition has long-accepted this is a toxic area, as typified by Nick Clegg in September… Continue reading

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How can employment and unemployment go up at the same time?

15 February 2012 11:36

The employment level has risen since the election, according to today’s figures — albeit only slightly, from 29.0m to 29.1m. But unemployment’s up too: from 2.46m to 2.67m. So how… Continue reading

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Curb your enthusiasm, kids

13 February 2012 17:30

Iain Martin has flagged upan article from the latest Times Educational Supplement, in which a Norfolk sixth-form teacher bemoans overenthusiastic pupils. Yes — you read that right. In the article, Jonny… Continue reading

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Public opinion is split on Gove’s reforms

5 February 2012 10:32

It seems most of the public agrees with the need to improve our schools. A YouGov poll out this morning shows that 53 per cent think education standards have deteriorated… Continue reading

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Gove takes on bad teachers

13 January 2012 12:18

Michael Gove’s giving a robust defence of his plans to make it quicker and easier for schools to sack bad teachers. ‘You wouldn’t tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating… Continue reading

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Transcript: Gove on sacking teachers

13 January 2012 12:03

This morning, the Education Secretary went on the Today programme to explain his plans to make it easier to sack teachers. Here’s the full transcript: James Naughtie: From the start… Continue reading

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The anti-academies club

10 January 2012 12:07

‘Anyone here from the Spectator?’ Last night a packed meeting at Downhills Primary in Haringey began with this ominous query from the chairman, Clive Boutle, who leads a local campaign… Continue reading

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Why the battle over Downhills Primary School matters

8 January 2012 22:32

Downhills Primary School in Haringey is fast becoming a political battleground. Before Christmas, David Lammy, the local MP, a bunch of union leaders, left-wing opponents of education reform and Labour… Continue reading

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Gove: the Tories are the party of state schooling

4 October 2011 16:33

Apologies for my recent, extended absence, CoffeeHousers — Vietnam and my immune system just didn’t get on. But I’m back now, and firmly embedded in Manchester, where Michael Gove has… Continue reading

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Don’t mention education reform

18 September 2011 21:49

A new rule seems to have been adopted at Lib Dem conference: don’t mention Academies. The coalition’s greatest single success story – something David Laws and Michael Gove agreed on… Continue reading

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The Swedish case for school profits

2 September 2011 19:00

Should state schools be able to make a profit? We asked this of you on our Coffee House poll this week. 71 per cent of you said yes, and with… Continue reading

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Beating Labour’s education legacy

25 August 2011 17:30

If it is GCSE results day, there must be a row about government education policy. True to form, the NASUWT — a union whose role often appears to be to… Continue reading

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Long-term problems

22 July 2011 17:32

It is fashionable to say that the nation is divided: the North and South, the haves and have nots, the politically engaged and the apathetic. Educational attainment has been added… Continue reading

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Fiona Millar to the Commons…

22 July 2011 10:51

Richard Kay’s column in the Mail contains the news, as expected, that Fiona Millar (AKA Mrs Alistair Campbell) is a shoo-in to replace Glenda Jackson as Labour’s candidate for the… Continue reading

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A victory for common sense

11 July 2011 15:45

For years, teachers have been increasingly reluctant to restrain unruly pupils — for fear of being slapped with a lawsuit. But now, it seems, the government is trying to ease… Continue reading

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It’s not just pensions, say teachers

30 June 2011 17:33

As any CoffeeHouser knows, the Spectator enthusiastically supports Michael Gove’s education reforms. But it’s always important to listen to opposing views – so we stepped outside our offices in Westminster… Continue reading

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Gove turns on the education establishment

27 June 2011 11:46

Michael Gove is tenacious. With strikes set to close one in four schools on Thursday, Gove has launched a direct assault on the left-wing teaching unions. In a consultation published… Continue reading

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More freedom for some schools means better schools all round

26 May 2011 14:57

Academies, as CoffeeHouser knows, are booming. There were around 200 of them when Michael Gove became Education Secretary last May. Now, just a year later, and steaming well ahead of expectations,… Continue reading

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Gove strikes to ease the removal of bad teachers

24 May 2011 10:21

The quality of teaching in schools is one of the main determinants of how well a child does. But, shockingly, in almost half the local authorities in England a teacher… Continue reading

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Reinforcing the schools revolution

7 April 2011 9:35

There is extraordinary news today, suggesting that the Academies revolution is continuing apace. What was a trickle under the Labour years is turning into a flood. This time last year… Continue reading

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Does Davis have a point about grammar schools?

5 April 2011 17:08

David Davis has been relatively quiet for the past couple of months, perhaps nursing a hangover after this. But he’s back making a seismic racket today, with an article on… Continue reading

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