Education

Field caught between reality and fantasy

11 September 2010 18:56

Frank Field’s been thinking. He will make his report on poverty next week and he hints at its contents in…

Gove to introduce baccalaureate for 16 year-olds

5 September 2010 10:43

Fixing the education system in Britain is absolutely crucial to promoting social mobility, the principal domestic social policy aim of…

First free schools will open next September

3 September 2010 23:43

Tomorrow’s Guardian front page says Michael Gove dealt fresh blow as only 20 ‘free schools’ approved. But this is actually…

The decline of the Gap Year

3 September 2010 16:44

When I say that I doubt that I will take a Gap Year, many adults are surprised. “Why”, they say,…

The education battle opens

1 September 2010 15:25

Michael Gove has announced that 32 schools will open as Academies at the start of the new term. More schools…

Who governs Britain?

28 August 2010 10:31

CoffeeHousers may like to see the full leaked letter (pasted below) to which I referred in The Spectator’s cover story…

Malcolm X and Michael Gove: Big Society Brothers?

27 August 2010 15:33

A splendid spot by Dave Osler at Liberal Conspiracy: Malcolm X’s ideas about education in Harlem and Brooklyn aren’t so…

Revealed: the secret school wars

26 August 2010 13:22

Britain’s state school system is a national disgrace. Not because we don’t have excellent schools: we do. But only for…

Today’s GCSE results prove that academies work

24 August 2010 20:01

Today’s GCSE results demonstrate the tremendous success of City Academies, a hugely heartening trend given that this formula – which…

Will there be money for free schools?

23 August 2010 15:16

Some eyecatching numbers in today’s FT about how many free schools we can expect, and when. According to Department of…

Clegg and the dissenters

21 August 2010 11:04

Nick Clegg understands his party’s misgivings, and he has devoted an interview with the Telegraph to calming his troops with…

The return of traditional subjects

19 August 2010 17:16

Today’s A-level results once again see the pass rate continuing to rise, in this instance for the 28th year in…

The Tories tone down their rhetoric on A-levels

19 August 2010 12:54

The latest A-level results have been released and – surprise, surprise – success rates have risen. The proportion of papers…

Taking stock of the coalition’s first 100 days

18 August 2010 10:51

While the milestone of 100 days is not new – US presidents are still measured against the progress made in…

The coalition’s university challenge

14 August 2010 12:37

The contours of an agreement on how to pay for university education are clearer today after Rachel Sylvester’s interview with…

Why Gove’s school reforms could go further

5 August 2010 11:37

The latest issue of the magazine is out today and, with it, all of the articles from last week’s edition…

In the service of others

22 July 2010 10:59

David Cameron’s Big Society re-launch continues after his American interlude. Today, he will introduce the national citizens’ service for 16…

Gove kills two birds with one stone

19 July 2010 16:30

Michael Gove may be a pip-squeak but he has an imperious voice and that formidable quality of both sounding and…

The Coalition is right to crack on with education reform

18 July 2010 18:12

There has been a criticism of how the Coalition is trying to push through its Academies bill before Parliament rises…

Clegg and the coming of liberal conservatism

16 July 2010 14:54

Nick Clegg is a liberal, and just in case you’d forgotten that fact he gave a speech today in which…

Prison works, but not as well as it might

14 July 2010 9:12

Ken Clarke has laid another argument against prison. There is no link, he alleges, between falling crime rates and spiralling…

Will the coalition defeat the roadblocks to reform?

13 July 2010 1:23

The biggest reform to the NHS since its inception since 1948. A move away from bureaucracy towards a proper internal…

Gove goes on the attack

12 July 2010 16:02

This afternoon’s education question felt like a pressure valve being released. For a week now, the story has been all…

Cameron’s refreshing honesty on schools

11 July 2010 10:14

David Cameron has today told the News of the World that he is “terrified” about the prospect of sending his…