Education

The students vs the Lib Dems

10 December 2010 18:15

One of the things I heard yesterday when I strolled around the edges of the protests, particularly from older people,…

From the archives: The student protests of ’68

10 December 2010 16:13

No, not Paris, but the University of Essex – where, in early to mid-1968, students rallied angrily against Vietnam and…

Sifting through the wreckage

10 December 2010 9:17

The revolution may not be televised, but protests certainly are – and the process magnifies the drama. Since last night,…

Coalition wins fees vote with a majority of 21

9 December 2010 17:47

The final tally was 323 in favour of lifting the cap on tuition fees from £3,290 to £9,000 a year,…

Exclusive: the fee hike won’t create a market

9 December 2010 17:03

The fee vote really comes down to two questions. First, will the fee hike proposed by the coalition government actually create…

The Lib Dems walk through the fire

9 December 2010 9:20

Brace yourselves, CoffeeHousers. Today is the day of the tuition fee vote, along with all the froth and fury that…

How far our schools have fallen

7 December 2010 18:35

Comparing GCSE or A-Level results to previous years is a meaningless exercise. Leaving aside all the arguments about whether or…

Is Oxford University Racist?

7 December 2010 18:07

That’s the question asked by David Lammy and the Guardian today. According to the paper 21 Oxford and Cambridge colleges…

Clegg will vote for fees hike

7 December 2010 17:30

The wait is over. We have just been told that Nick Clegg will definitely vote for the coalition’s policy on…

The Lib Dem rebels make themselves heard

6 December 2010 13:15

Here in Westminster we are all brushing up on the names of Lib Dem PPSs, as we try and work…

The Lib Dem tuition fee confusion continues

4 December 2010 10:34

Who knows how, and whether, Vince Cable is going to vote in next Thursday’s tuition fee decider? Not even the…

The Lib Dems need to get their act together on tuition fees

30 November 2010 23:08

There have been a huge amount of police out in Westminster today. After being caught off-guard by the student demo…

Time for a history lesson

25 November 2010 10:39

“Now, with the best teaching force and the best school leadership ever, we are poised to become world class if…

Five things the student unions didn’t protest against in the last 13 years…

24 November 2010 18:09

1)    That Labour cut the number of schools each year. 2)    That pupils were shepherded into ever-larger schools. 3)    That,…

The problem for Gove is that structures beget standards

24 November 2010 17:59

As you’d expect, Michael Gove’s White Paper is a feast of good sense. His speech in the Commons was powerful…

The corpse of Black Wednesday has been exhumed, and the demon exorcised 

24 November 2010 15:27

Cameron clearly doesn’t rate Ed Miliband. That may be a mistake in the long run but it worked fine today.…

Gove starts the revolution

24 November 2010 13:56

The Spectator has been a long-term fan of Michael Gove – indeed, we named him the single best reason to…

Gove dilutes schools funding pledge

21 November 2010 18:05

Last week, the FT revealed that Michael Gove was planning to introduce direct funding of schools, a move that weaken…

How to prevent schools from being hijacked by extremists

21 November 2010 16:52

The coalition plan to let parents, teachers and voluntary groups set up schools and be paid by the state for…

The Gove reforms grow even more radical

13 November 2010 10:44

Local authorities are already doing their utmost to block the coalition’s schools reforms, so just how will they respond to…