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Genes do influence children, and acknowledging that can make schools better

17 October 2013 11:21

Every September teachers up and down the land welcome new classes of children. Each child they see in front of them is visibly unique and will present them with different… Continue reading

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Intelligence is just another privilege you inherited from mummy and daddy

16 October 2013 14:32

I’m starting to get the impression that the Guardian isn’t very keen on Michael Gove, and may not give him the benefit of the doubt in their reporting. The latest… Continue reading

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The young are losing out. We need to make education work

14 October 2013 16:45

When you started your first job, did you arrive on time on your first day? Did you come dressed in the right clothing, show willingness to help with any and… Continue reading

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Gove sets early policy test for Tristram Hunt

10 October 2013 14:51

The congratulations have been flowing in from across the Labour party for Tristram Hunt as the new Shadow Education Secretary. But there is no praise higher for the newly promoted… Continue reading

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Our plan to fix Labour’s toxic legacy on education standards

8 October 2013 18:33

The OECD released a report this week on education standards. It makes for grim reading: we’re bottom of the class. Those aged 16-24 in England came 22nd of 24 for… Continue reading

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Does Michael Gove need spelling lessons?

2 October 2013 18:33

The conference is over but the mystery continues: are the Tories trying to help hardworking people or hard-working people? This, I assure you, has been the talk of the town, which is covered… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s evangelical education afternoon

1 October 2013 16:01

Michael Gove has only just started speaking to his party conference, but already he has made a powerful, emotive case for the moral value of his education reforms. The education… Continue reading


Ed Balls’ new plans would leave taxpayers with world’s highest childcare bill

23 September 2013 20:39

Up until about 2004, the Labour government’s strategy of fighting poverty by concentrating on three priorities – government spending, government spending and government spending – had seemed to work rather… Continue reading

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Stephen Twigg snaps back

23 September 2013 16:14

Much of the talk down in Brighton is of the coming shadow Cabinet reshuffle. One person frequently tipped for the chop is Stephen Twigg, the shadow Education secretary. There’s much… Continue reading

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Super-sized primary schools will damage education standards

3 September 2013 17:45

This morning, as parents were getting their children ready for their first day at school, the Education Secretary was taking to the airwaves. To many parents, who will be sending… Continue reading

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For the middle classes, things can only get worse

23 August 2013 13:15

In this week’s magazine Fraser Nelson and I look at the breaking of the English middle class, a subject so scary you’ll want to hold someone’s hand when reading it. The… Continue reading

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The answer to the West Lothian Question is to stop asking it

23 August 2013 11:45

Here we go again. It’s time for an English parliament! Actually, it’s time for a new Act of Union! Says who? Says Michael Fabricant in today’s Telegraph. Mark Wallace at ConservativeHome agrees.  English votes for… Continue reading


Multiple entry is making a mockery of the GCSE system. Michael Gove needs to clamp down

22 August 2013 15:25

When I took my O Levels in 1983, I was nervous enough taking each exam once. But this year, increasing numbers of teenagers will take their GCSE exams in the… Continue reading

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Labour’s uninspiring response to A Level results

15 August 2013 17:50

During silly season, bored journalists often entertain themselves by reading rather than deleting the slew of pointless press releases that land in their inboxes. Today’s winner was going to be… Continue reading

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Scotland’s disgraceful educational apartheid

9 August 2013 9:29

Scottish teenagers received their exam results this week and, for the seventh consecutive year, the pass-rate for Highers increased. So did the pass-rates for all other exams: the Advanced Highers… Continue reading

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Twigg fights reshuffle fears with Sharknado

6 August 2013 16:24

Ed Miliband is rumoured to be on the verge of sacking shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg, who is simply no match for Michael Gove’s flair and intellect. I hear that Vernon Coaker,… Continue reading


Free schools become deeper entrenched in the education system

1 August 2013 8:08

Michael Gove’s team is cock-a-hoop about the performance of free schools in the latest round of Oftsed reports. Of the 24 schools tested, 4 were judged outstanding, 14 were rated… Continue reading


Do Tiger Mothers have any effect at all?

26 July 2013 8:55

Remember all the fuss about ‘tiger-mothering’ sparked by Amy Chua’s book: Battle-Hymn of the Tiger Mother?  Mothers around the world began agonising about whether they were pushing their children hard… Continue reading

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Michael Gove denies that Boris was drunk in charge

24 July 2013 16:18

Michael Gove leads a lively life. In the past week he’s landed himself in the doghouse with his wife after a night on the town with Boris Johnson, and has… Continue reading

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What Stephen Twigg doesn’t understand about Sweden’s for-profit schools

19 July 2013 13:04

As a Swede, I’m always intrigued to hear the British Labour Party say how Sweden’s free school system has been a disaster. Profit-making schools, says Stephen Twigg, are backfiring. But… Continue reading

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The rigour of the future that will deliver ‘secondary ready’ pupils

18 July 2013 11:03

On entering government in 1997, Tony Blair and David Blunkett set about transforming primary education. It was a sorry state of affairs that we inherited. In Maths and English, only… Continue reading

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Dear Michael Gove, please abolish yourself

12 July 2013 14:48

When I was at secondary school my lunch usually consisted of a packet of Space Raiders and a Toffee Crisp, washed down with a healthy can of Dr Pepper, at… Continue reading

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New curriculum offers political points to Tories

8 July 2013 8:37

The funny thing about the new National Curriculum, published today, is that after all the fuss of the past few months, particularly over the history curriculum, it’s probably the last… Continue reading

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The greatest scandal in Britain is the failure to give poor children a proper education.

28 June 2013 17:29

Earlier this week, I was part of a panel on Newsnight Scotland discussing the latest – some would say, belated – efforts designed to improve Glasgow’s dismally underachieving state schools.… Continue reading

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6 steps to give Britain a fighting chance in the global race

28 June 2013 14:55

As Britain gets fit for what David Cameron calls the ‘global economic race’, figures out this morning confirm Britain remains hamstrung by poor productivity. UK productivity per hour has remained… Continue reading