Education

Letting his opinions be known

19 November 2009 20:14

Today’s Evening Standard features an interview with Bernice McCabe, co-director of the Prince’s Teaching Institute. McCabe tells the paper that:…

David Cameron’s Immodest Belief in Government

19 November 2009 13:30

David Cameron’s response to the Queen’s Speech was, of course, dictated by both convention and political nit-picking. Nonetheless, I agree…

Balls dumps Brown into another lose-lose situation

17 November 2009 9:10

Things never seem to go smoothly for Gordon.  On a day when the Telegraph carries details of his Whitehall savings…

Nursing is the new Media Studies

12 November 2009 14:56

Administering injections is not an academic process. Like construction and policing, nursing is an essential professional and appropriate training is…

The fierce urgency of education reform

5 November 2009 18:39

Michael Gove is giving a speech tonight reaffirming the Tory plans for radical education reform. In it Gove deploys a…

Rod Liddle’s Education Policy is Antediluvian Piffle

3 November 2009 15:05

Rod Liddle reminds us that he’s no liberal. This will not, I imagine, trouble him unduly. Nevertheless, his disaste for…

The government’s greatest failing is ignoring advice

16 October 2009 9:06

On matters of mechanics, I take my mechanic’s advice; there would be little point in paying him if I turned…

School Choice in a Single Sentence

14 October 2009 17:54

Matt Yglesias makes the point in splendid fashion: We should let a thousand flowers bloom and then kill 20-30 percent…

Gove’s ‘free schools’ will be able to profit

8 October 2009 23:36

In all the excitement, I forgot to flag up to Coffee Housers a fact that we dropped in the leader column of…

Modernisation for a purpose

8 October 2009 18:46

Just before David Cameron came on stage they played a video looking back at his four years in charge of…

Cameron’s revolutionary speech

8 October 2009 17:04

This was one of the best speeches I have heard David Cameron give. It may not have been a masterpiece…

The Tories provide the only route away from educational inequality

7 October 2009 12:47

The level of educational inequality in this country is appalling. I have heard the numbers that Michael Gove listed off…

School’s Out: The Swedish Model is Not the Only One.

5 October 2009 16:22

Like other sensible people I’m encouraged by the Tories plans for education in England. The Swedish system of Free Schools…

Yes, Mary Seacole was Black. So what?

2 October 2009 3:29

I confess that until recently I had never heard of Mary Seacole. But, like Boris Johnson, who found himself in…

Getting ready for reform

25 September 2009 12:25

Given their position in the polls, and the challenges that face the next government, it’s understandable that the Tories are…

Purnell’s enjoying the freedom of the backbenches

15 September 2009 17:58

James Purnell has just spoken at The Spectator’s Paths to Prosperity conference, with sideburns bushier than ever after the summer.…

The government’s latest ‘child protection’ idea is positively harmful

13 September 2009 19:10

Alsadair Palmer neatly sums up the absurdity of the government’s new child protection plans in the Telegraph: “Once it receives…

Public scepticism about Labour’s record on education

27 August 2009 16:31

Isn’t it funny how things work out?  I imagine the government once thought they’d get credit for the ever-improving GCSE…

Exam result shock: Balls fails

27 August 2009 9:04

You know how it is.  You start reading an article by Ed Balls – in this case, in today’s Guardian…

Gove pushes his agenda

23 August 2009 13:05

If you can divert your attention away from the Ashes for a second, then I’d recommend you read John Rentoul’s…

Logic, School Choice, Milton Friedman… And Polly Toynbee

19 August 2009 1:07

Unsurprisingly, Brother Nelson has a useful primer on some of the latest skirmishing over the Tories plans to introduce (in…

Gove stirs up trouble for Balls

11 August 2009 10:46

I gave it a passing mention in my last post, but it’s worth highlighting Michael Gove’s mischievous comment piece in…

Mandy’s class war avoids the real problems

10 August 2009 13:37

I don’t for a minute believe that Mandelson believes this class war nonsense, brilliantly rubbished by Melanie Phillips today. His…

The human cost of deprivation 

7 August 2009 16:14

The news that in one Northern city, 15 percent of Neets, those young people not in education, employment or training,…

A meritocratic private school system

2 July 2009 16:25

Northern Ireland is trying to decommission its grammar schools. The case against selection is being made with the familiar vehemence:…