Education

The universities strike back

17 October 2010 16:57

A wander through to p.14 of the Sunday Times delivers one of the most eyecatching political stories (£) of the…

The government protects yet more spending

16 October 2010 10:41

This morning’s papers announce that cuts to the defence budget will be considerably less than 10 percent, following an intervention…

The cuts are almost settled

15 October 2010 18:27

We are entering the end game of the spending review. The Department of Education settled this morning, according to both…

Clegg sweetens the pill with a fairness premium

15 October 2010 9:07

Only five days to go until the spending review – and after weeks of emphasis on the cuts we’re about…

Counting down to the spending review

13 October 2010 10:42

Only one week to go, folks, until the main event itself: the Comprehensive Spending Review. And judging by this morning’s…

The scale of IDS’ and Gove’s challenge

12 October 2010 11:17

Yesterday was a day of weighty reports. At 700 pages, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘How Fair is Britain?’…

A sustainable and permanent solution

12 October 2010 9:12

‘A sustainable and permanent solution’, that was Lord Browne’s refrain this morning. Browne has aimed to fill the £1bn university funding…

More Mail Fail: Clegg Edition

10 October 2010 4:05

Apparently the print edition of the Mail on Sunday screams “Hypocrisy” because Nick Clegg, though not a believer himself, is…

Gove re-emphasises his reform agenda

5 October 2010 12:56

Michael Gove means business. His case is simple: standards have fallen; it is time to be radical. Under Labour, Britain…

Withdrawing child benefit at 16 would be the wrong call

4 October 2010 18:14

In the last few weeks, there has been much speculation that child benefit would be stopped when a child reaches…

Cameron, more ideological than he appears

2 October 2010 12:31

The Tory conference in Birmingham is the last big political event before the cuts come. After the 20th, every time…

Why Cameron’s conference speech is vital

1 October 2010 15:32

Forget Ed Miliband’s promise of ‘optimism’ – a mantra that became so repetitive it had me reaching for the Scotch…

Ed Balls saves the pitch till last

29 September 2010 13:12

Predictable lines from Ed Balls this afternoon. ‘DIY free schools’ are iniquitous; Michael Gove is like the child snatcher in…

Another obstacle in the way of free schools

23 September 2010 20:40

A few weeks ago, I wrote a cover story about how teachers’ unions are trying to strangle the Gove schools…

Liberal Democrat Misanthropes

21 September 2010 22:40

Bagehot had the misfortune to attend a Liberal Democrat fringe meeting on education reform. But I’m glad he did because…

A yellow spanner in the works

20 September 2010 13:32

The teaching unions, it seems, haven’t been wasting their time in Liverpool: the Lib Dem conference has just passed a…

Live-blogging from the fringe: "Whose schools are they anyway?"

19 September 2010 19:10

So where will the tension be at the Lib Dem conference? Easy: the free schools agenda. Clegg backs it, and…

Who’s Afraid of Catholic Schools?

16 September 2010 13:53

Since it’s Pope Day, let’s consider this tediously-hardy perennial too. Commenting on this post, Fifer asks: Since you’ve given this…

Citizen Castro rains on Comrade Hattie’s last parade

15 September 2010 14:40

There was praise for Fidel Castro – of all people – at PMQs today. That the tribute came from a…

The coalition faces its most important battle of the next five years

13 September 2010 13:01

Strolling through central Birmingham yesterday, I came across one of those brewery advertisements from the early part of the last…