Education

A heckle which might reverberate across the campaign

7 April 2010 19:04

Mark the date: the first major heckle of the election campaign happened today, and Gordon Brown was the victim.  The…

The speed of schools reform

31 March 2010 10:29

Michael Gove is always worth listening to when he speaks on schools reform – offering passionate rhetoric supported by detailed…

Truesay! A Motto for Our Times

25 March 2010 10:19

My friend and colleague Jo Phillips has been roaming the country promoting the must-read book of the forthcoming election. Why…

Closing the gap between state and independent education

23 March 2010 20:40

I do hope that Oxford will finally be free from government claims of snobbery soon. We learn today that the…

Ed Miliband’s new investment vs cuts battleground

20 March 2010 10:45

Ed Miliband certainly isn’t one for holding back, is he?  In an interview with today’s Guardian he discusses what we…

The Tories’ Second-Best Recruiting Sergeant…

15 March 2010 13:43

Things have come to a pretty pass when the Secretary of State for Education endorses ignorance and scoffs at knowledge…

Establishing free schools will be a difficult – but worthwhile – challenge

5 March 2010 16:28

The small crowd of demonstrators from a group calling itself the Anti-Academies Alliance who gathered outside the Spectator conference on…

Facing the protesters

3 March 2010 10:49

Given that school choice will only benefit those who cannot afford it at present, who could be against it? The…

Some reasons to be cheerful about Cameron and the Tories

22 February 2010 13:02

By way of a response to the comments on my post yesterday, here are some reasons to be cheerful about…

Background politics

21 February 2010 12:47

The Conservatives are at pains to emphasise that ‘it’s not where you’re from but where you’re going that’s important.’ A…

The Tories take the fight to Labour over social justice

14 February 2010 17:59

Statistics about educational inequality in this country always tend to shock and dismay in equal measure.  And this latest piece…

Cameron steps up his game

14 February 2010 10:36

There’s something about a trip to Scotland that brings out the best in Tories giving speeches, and David Cameron lived…

Parris versus Nelson

6 February 2010 12:30

Here’s a question: to be a good angel or a bad angel? We know what Fraser thinks; Matthew Parris differs.…

How to set up a school

3 February 2010 9:33

When the Tories talk about enabling any group that wants to, to set up a school and be paid by…

The single best reason to vote Tory

1 February 2010 11:01

There can be fewer more powerful untapped resources in Britain than the desire of parents to place their children in…

The Gove agenda goes Hollywood

28 January 2010 18:06

News reaches me of a surprising meeting in the lobby of Portcullis House today, Goldie Hawn — of Private Benjamin…

Me? Sleight of hand?

18 January 2010 19:15

Two weeks ago, Barry Sheerman opened a second front against Brown’s premiership by attacking Ed Balls’ appointment of Kathleen Tattersall…

The Tories’ simple moral purpose

18 January 2010 12:43

Education is the area where the Cameron agenda inspires most. The supply-side revolution the Tories are planning to enable, will…

At last, a “brazenly elitist” approach to teacher recruitment

18 January 2010 9:07

The next target for the Tories’ policy blitz is teacher recruitment. Cameron will pledge a “brazenly elitist” system with considerable…

Ed Balls says the same stuff, differently

11 January 2010 14:06

The road to Damascus has nothing on this.  Ed Balls – in interview with the FT – has condemned the…

For all his faults, Gradgrind was right

30 December 2009 9:15

The next time your four year old nephew smears chocolate over your trousers you are to congratulate him. According to…

Exceeding expectations

14 December 2009 15:44

Today’s Guardian has an interesting story on the success of the New School Network, an organisation set up to get…

Recognising the best

5 December 2009 16:37

On Thursday night Michael Gove announced that a Conservative government would pay off the student loans of those with good…

Love and marriage

1 December 2009 18:29

It’s all a bit of a puzzle. How will David Cameron incentivise marriage? In an interview with the Mail, Cameron…

There’s No Stupidity Like Palin Stupidity

23 November 2009 1:39

You’d have to stupid to think an Ivy League* education must be a necessary qualification to be President of the…