Free schools

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…

The government should think again before scrapping its free schools plan

11 July 2017 10:28

On the front page of today’s Times it says ministers are thinking of scrapping the free schools policy in order…

The Public Accounts Committee report is pure Labour propaganda

26 April 2017 11:30

On the Today programme this morning I debated Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee which has…

The SNP is failing Scottish pupils by blocking free schools

20 December 2016 13:00

The SNP is consistently criticised for failing to close the achievement gap between the best and worst Scottish state schools.…

Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life

7 May 2016 19:28

When I got an email from the Evening Standard’s education correspondent at 06.29am yesterday I had no idea that my…

The Free Schools revolution marches on — if Cameron holds his nerve

2 September 2015 13:07

David Cameron has vowed he will ‘not waver’ in his commitment to free schools and has announced another 500 will open over…

Immigration helps explain Sweden’s school trouble

10 August 2015 17:56

Sweden’s education performance has faltered in the past decades, with scores tumbling in the OECD’s international Pisa survey since the…

State schools, not private schools, are the real sponsor of inequality in Britain

28 June 2015 11:17

In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang…

Andy Burnham isn’t just the unions’ candidate, he’s the Tory candidate too

17 May 2015 11:07

“I’m the change candidate,” said Andy Burnham, settling down to the consolidation phase of his leadership bid. Chuka Umunna is…

Ed Miliband couldn’t care less about education reform

8 April 2015 18:17

The editor of The Spectator isn’t the only person thinking about the prospect of Ed Miliband becoming the next Prime Minister.…

Podcast: The new political correctness and how Labour lost Scotland

5 February 2015 9:45

Is there something menacing about the march of the new political correctness? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Brendan…

Exclusive: Nicky Morgan to approve more than 50 new free schools

4 February 2015 14:12

Nicky Morgan will announce more than 50 new free schools by the end of this month, Coffee House has learned.…

Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in…

Archbishop John Sentamu is wrong about free schools on every count

19 January 2015 14:59

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has never been shy about courting publicity. He frequently churns out controversial opinion pieces…

Educational apartheid is Scotland’s greatest national disgrace

4 November 2014 16:11

A while back I was speaking at one of those How did it all go so wrong? post-referendum discussions and,…

What two years—and a free school—can do for exam results

15 August 2014 19:36

For the first time in 32 years, the overall pass rate for A-levels has dropped, and the percentage of those…

Ex-Tory minister: free schools will let extremists in

14 June 2014 11:55

The row about extremism in schools has over the past week widened out to the role of faith in education…

The Trojan Horse affair illuminates a vital difference between the Tories and Labour.

10 June 2014 10:01

The reaction to the Trojan Horse scandal has, in my view, been as interesting – and telling – as anything…

Free schools are revolutionising state education

14 May 2014 11:00

The last few days have been immensely frustrating for students, teachers and parents involved with free schools, because, yet again,…

Gove uses urgent question on free schools to trumpet his achievements

12 May 2014 16:47

Even though the row over free schools has nothing to do with the Labour party, it took a reasonable bet…

The Lib Dems no longer support school choice

12 May 2014 8:19

Throughout this latest, blazing Coalition row over Michael Gove – which is spreading like fire over dry heath and has…

Why Tristram Hunt is wrong about free schools

3 April 2014 10:09

‘I’ve come to exorcise you lot,’ said Tristram Hunt cheerfully, as he turned up to deliver the keynote speech in…

Tristram Hunt should worry about failure in council schools, not free schools

13 March 2014 12:10

Tristram Hunt seems delighted today that Britain’s first profit-seeking school has been deemed ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted. The scores of council-run…

How to repair a free school – the next stage of Michael Gove’s reforms

28 February 2014 15:36

Any government can set out on a journey of reform – the question is whether they can stay on course…

Ignore Margaret Hodge and the BBC – free schools are working

11 December 2013 16:58

Today’s NAO report on free schools has recognised the ‘clear progress’ we have made opening 174 schools in three years…