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Education reform

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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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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