Education

Cutting through the BS

23 May 2011 15:33

If the Big Society were a horse, it would be shot. The wounds are too deep, the contamination too great,…

Going big on the Big Society

23 May 2011 11:10

You certainly can’t fault David Cameron for his perseverance. Six years after pushing the thinking behind the Big Society in…

Revolution vs Results? Reform vs Retreat? Prudence vs Permanent Revolution?

19 May 2011 3:31

Back to Ben Brogan’s latest piece, headlined David Cameron has lost his zeal for the radical in favour of retreat.…

Gove takes the attack to ailing Burnham

13 May 2011 17:12

There are intriguing manoeuvres on the education front today. Michael Gove has written a letter to Andy Burnham, calling on…

The challenge of demographic change

12 May 2011 14:10

There may be a lot of debate about what the “big society” means, but there’s one thing we should all…

Who cares about immigration? (Or education?)

12 May 2011 12:39

Who cares about immigration? In theory, everyone. It’s always mentioned as the policy that exercises voters but is ignored by…

Exclusive: Gove’s free school policy gets Labour support, finally

11 May 2011 16:36

This week’s Spectator reveals the rather tantalizing fact that Peter Hyman, Tony Blair’s former director of strategy, is setting up…

The changing face of Andy Burnham

23 April 2011 10:24

Here’s a thing. What’s happened to Andy Burnham? The affable scouser’s leadership manifesto had an appealing tone: the red background…

The profit motive would boost Gove’s Free Schools agenda

21 April 2011 9:26

The promise of Michael Gove’s Free Schools programme — as distinct from hisAcademies programme — is slow to materialise. What…

Labour’s War on Literacy

12 April 2011 23:19

Don’t take my word for it just ask Iain Gray, Labour’s leader at the Scottish Parliament. This is from a…

A question of access

12 April 2011 14:18

When a Prime Minister gets his facts wrong as spectacularly as David Cameron did yesterday with his comment that  ‘only…

Blame the schools system, not Oxford

11 April 2011 18:31

The most extraordinary row has broken out after the Prime Minister appeared to suggest that Oxford University has a racist…

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…

Grammar schools aren’t an answer to the social mobility problem

6 April 2011 16:16

With all the talk about social mobility, it was inevitable that those who believe grammar schools were the doorway to opportunity…

The pros and cons of internships

5 April 2011 17:58

For the last fortnight, I’ve been doing an internship at The Spectator. And having seen the furore over Nick Clegg’s…

Short term solutions to Britain’s long-term education problem

5 April 2011 12:01

The most important planks of the coalition’s social mobility strategy are its education and welfare reforms. Raising the standards of…

Another phase in Gove’s revolution

28 March 2011 18:05

Michael Gove has just finished announcing to the Commons his proposed replacement for Educational Maintenance Allowance. The new scheme is…

The government has been the author of its troubles

19 March 2011 11:28

In his Spectator column this week, James Forsyth painted a picture of a governmenttaken by surprise by enemies who have,…

Cuts are inspiring innovation

17 March 2011 17:08

The Big Society’s health is recovering. Despite the fevered clamour about library closures, some councils and communities are being positive…

The grade inflation scam

16 March 2011 20:48

Today’s OECD Economic Survey of the UK (download the complete pdf here ) contains some devastating passages about our education…