Education

The pace of the schools revolution

15 March 2011 12:08

What a difference a year makes. When Michael Gove spoke at a Spectator conference on schools reform twelve months ago,…

Who Benefits Most From School Choice?

10 March 2011 1:48

Who benefits from school choice? Conventional wisdom claims it’s the sharp-elbowed, well-heeled middle-classes that do the best. That’s the same…

The need to address National Pay Bargaining

28 February 2011 14:53

National Pay Bargaining is one of the major impediments to rebalancing the national economy and improving the quality of public…

Reforming schools: choice and autonomy

23 February 2011 17:49

Last week Reform published its 2011 scorecard of the coalition government’s public service reform programme. Following on from articles on…

Labour tries to reheat the Building Schools for the Future row

14 February 2011 16:58

It was predictable that Labour would use the outcome of the judicial review last Friday to try and re-heat the…

Why work experience matters more than ever

13 February 2011 13:28

In my recent BBC2 documentary, Posh & Posher, I explained how networking and contacts played a crucial role in giving…

Overall, a win for Gove

11 February 2011 11:11

Michael Gove has won on the substance in the judicial reviews of his decisions on Building Schools for the Future.…

Burnham’s slide to the left

9 February 2011 18:28

One of the more depressing sights in politics at the moment is how Andy Burnham is leading the Labour party…

Levelling higher education’s playing field

4 February 2011 11:46

Last summer I was showing some 17 year olds around the House of Commons. They were bright and engaged and…

Forget Mandarin. Latin is the key to success

3 February 2011 18:41

As promised, here is an extended version of an article from the skills supplement in this week’s issue of the Spectator.…

Introducing Britain’s skills crisis

3 February 2011 9:23

Did you know: Britain trails well behind other countries such as the US, Germany and Poland when it comes to…

Gove entrenches his reforms

28 January 2011 16:11

In another sign of how the pace of Gove’s reforms is quickening, the education secretary has told local authorities that…

The Brutal Bigotry of Low Expectations

25 January 2011 15:20

Bagehot has a properly righteous post lambasting teachers who complain that it’s too difficult to teach their charges to read…

Gove raises the spectre of an electoral pact

19 January 2011 17:59

Michael Gove has reignited talk of a Tory Lib Dem pact by urging people in Hull to voteLib Dem to…

There is a lot more to immigration than simply totting up the net migration figures

19 January 2011 10:30

The good news is that most people in Britain think that people in their local area mix pretty well  regardless…

Is it worth paying young people to stay on at school?

19 January 2011 9:11

Today’s political news is brought to you by the letters E, M and A. Eeeema. While the political establishment debates…

Cameron’s public service reforms are still stuck in New Labour’s intellectual territory

17 January 2011 14:01

The man known to the Cameroons as ‘The Master’ casts a long shadow. David Cameron has re-launched his public service…

Exclusive – Adonis: I back Gove

12 January 2011 14:34

Is Michael Gove’s school reform a hideous distortion of the Labour Academies programme, as Ed Balls put it, or the…

Hughes’ social engineering crusade

8 January 2011 11:20

No wonder some backbench Tory MPs are apoplectic: courtesy of David Cameron, Simon Hughes has been elevated from soapbox to…

Gove’s school reforms approach a tipping point

6 January 2011 0:15

Today marks something of a milestone for Michael Gove’s school reform agenda. Free schools – i.e. ‘Academies’ which are independently…