Education

The Gove fight-back begins

10 July 2010 20:03

His apology earlier this week was a reminder of how Cabinet Ministers used to behave. Today’s cock-ups and crises have…

The coalition must do more than blame Labour

7 July 2010 17:22

John Redwood has written a typically thoughtful piece, questioning the government’s arch cuts rhetoric. He writes: ‘Ministers would be wise…

That’ll learn ‘em

7 July 2010 9:02

At last, some will cry, teachers are to be given increased disciplinary powers to moderate unruly children’s behaviour. Rather than…

Gove puts democracy ahead of bureaucracy

5 July 2010 22:59

Michael Gove’s welcome freeze on Building Schools for the Future will invite tomorrow’s press to claim only that this means…

Back into the black

22 June 2010 10:28

George Osborne has an historic opportunity to begin to turn the UK’s public finances back into the black. As Reform…

A bizarre approach

18 June 2010 16:15

Thank God for Iain Martin, who has called Labour’s response to the Gove ‘Free schools’ idea what is: ‘moronic’. He…

The schools revolution is under way

18 June 2010 9:01

There’s an historic tinge to proceedings this morning, as Michael Gove prepares to release an application form by which parents,…

Spending cuts must start with welfare

16 June 2010 9:04

The new and independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that interest payments on public debt are set to rise to…

Cable, the free radical, dreams of a grand future

6 June 2010 12:39

What is Vince Cable up to? He is on manoeuvres, keeps making attempted power grabs from George Osborne. Barely a…

The IDS agenda could help to end the benefits trap

27 May 2010 12:41

Yesterday, it was Michael Gove’s schools agenda. Today, it’s the other main reason to get behind the coalition: IDS’s plans…

Gove must guard against the vested interests

26 May 2010 19:57

Polly Toynbee was on ‘mute’ on Sky News in my office, the remote wasn’t working, which is frustrating because I’d…

Gove’s school reforms get off the ground

26 May 2010 9:06

The arduous process of reforming our country’s education system begins today.  After two school reform bills were announced in yesterday’s…

The Tories still need to do more to sell their school reforms

21 May 2010 11:30

It is quite telling that David Cameron’s first newspaper article since becoming Prime Minister is for the Daily Mail, and…

My understanding is that Cameron will not sacrifice schools reform

9 May 2010 15:45

During coalition talks, wild rumours can fly – and some of them can be true. That’s why Michael Gove would…

A deal that would kill Gove’s agenda at birth

7 May 2010 17:44

While both the Conservatives and LibDems support the idea of Swedish schools, a Lib-Con deal could kill the agenda stone…

A deeply emotive issue

28 April 2010 10:41

Jonathan Bartley, the man who ambushed Cameron yesterday, has written a piece for the Guardian. In it, the education establishment’s…

The battle for the middle ground

27 April 2010 15:53

The New Statesman has interviewed Douglas Alexander, who appeals, as Andrew Adonis has, to Liberal Democrat voters to back Labour…

Cameron’s secret weapon is amiability

27 April 2010 13:12

David Cameron has just taken his first real “kicking” of the campaign from a parent of a disabled child. Handled…

The Tories in a PR pickle

26 April 2010 18:29

Clegg won’t join without proportional representation; Cameron says he won’t countenance such a ‘con’. Indeed, it runs deeper than that.…

Meeting real people, the staple of campaigning

26 April 2010 12:10

David Cameron is visiting Hampshire today, hitting both Labour and Lib Dem held seats. In a visit to Southampton University,…

The Tories must sell their most radical policy: the Gove schools plan

24 April 2010 13:11

The Spectator’s endorsement of David Cameron started with his ‘free schools’ policy – and we could have ended there. We…

The little platoons are mobilising

22 April 2010 15:04

There’s a great example of people power on the letters page of today’s Guardian. Last week, a bunch of the…

Cameron has a policy agenda to change Britain – he should tell us about it

18 April 2010 14:04

Cameron has not, alas, broken free of the never-ending opinion poll bungee jump which is the story of his leadership of the…

A Choice Revolution

14 April 2010 23:08

Reihan Salam has a characteristically excellent post on school choice that has some bearing on the Conservatives’ proposed reforms in…

The case for voting Conservative

10 April 2010 12:26

Why vote for Cameron? The reasons for voting against Gordon Brown are so numerous that the positive pro-Tory reasons for…