Academies

Labour MP’s academies double standards

23 January 2019 17:29

From an outside view, one could be forgiven for thinking now is a good time for academies in the UK.…

Government drops plans to force all schools to become academies

6 May 2016 15:23

It’s a good day for the Conservatives to bury bad news, when all attention is on Labour and the SNP’s…

Today in audio: Jeremy Hunt stands firm ahead of junior doctors strike

25 April 2016 17:20

Jeremy Hunt has been facing questions in the Commons ahead of tomorrow’s junior doctors strike. The Health Secretary said the…

Why Tory MPs are so worked up about forced academisation

21 April 2016 16:40

Tory MPs remain confident that they will force the government into a U-turn over forced academisation. Though departmental sources are…

Tories expect academy policy U-turn

13 April 2016 17:29

Tory MPs are increasingly convinced that the government may back down on some of its plans for forced academisation of…

State schools, not private schools, are the real sponsor of inequality in Britain

28 June 2015 11:17

In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang…

Nicky Morgan faces her first big blob battle with new academies bill

3 June 2015 8:34

The march of academies takes a step forward today. The government will publish the  Education and Adoption Bill, which will…

Ed Miliband couldn’t care less about education reform

8 April 2015 18:17

The editor of The Spectator isn’t the only person thinking about the prospect of Ed Miliband becoming the next Prime Minister.…

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…

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…

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…

Is Lord Adonis the right man to lead Labour’s Growth Review?

12 August 2013 15:17

One of the things we know about Labour’s policies is that the Adonis Growth Review is meant to produce a…

Yet again, Labour’s self-serving efforts to block The King’s School merger have failed

26 July 2013 18:16

Labour’s war against The King’s School merger continues to be fought fruitlessly, despite rebuttal after rebuttal from the Department of…

School wars: Michael Gove, Fiona Millar and Andrew Adonis at Spectator conference

24 March 2013 12:42

Three years ago, Dennis Sewell wrote a Spectator piece about the real enemy awaiting Michael Gove: ‘The Blob’. Carla Millar…

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…

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…

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…

David Cameron is the leader battling inequality

12 October 2012 15:39

The great paradox of British politics is that the left moan about inequality, but it’s the right who will remedy…

Conservative conference: Michael Gove’s facts on the ground

9 October 2012 13:38

The speed with which Michael Gove is going about his education reforms means that he is creating facts on the…

Gove kicks back at school bullies

4 October 2012 14:52

A Labour conference delegate was heckled from the floor when she mentioned her school. Joanne, an immigrant who came to…