school reform

The best state schools have pulled ahead of private schools. Why is that so hard to accept?

28 February 2016 14:37

For years, now, the Sutton Trust has been releasing research showing how many doctors, judges, journalists etc were privately educated and conclude…

Why are private schools so touchy about state schools’ success?

22 August 2015 10:11

The success of school reform in Britain seem to be worrying the private schools’ spokesmen. They’ve taken the unusual step of…

The myth of Britain’s two-tier education system

26 July 2015 10:13

On Broadcasting House, one of my favourite Radio 4 programmes, was this morning discussing a report (pdf) from the Social…

Revealed: how Nick Clegg cooked up his ‘free school meals’ pledge

11 March 2014 17:44

For those who missed Dominic Cummings, recently departed Michael Gove adviser, on BBC Radio 4’s World At One, here’s the…

Michael Gove and David Cameron hold a meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, who today criticised the way some local authorities handle underperforming schools. Picture: Getty

Ofsted vs English education

26 January 2014 21:05

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, believes that supporters of Michael Gove are running a ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against…

The psychosis of the PISA report and best practices

10 December 2013 15:44

The enemies of school reform have something of a champion in Finland’s Pasi Sahlberg. In a recent comment piece for…

Dear Michael Gove, please abolish yourself

12 July 2013 14:48

When I was at secondary school my lunch usually consisted of a packet of Space Raiders and a Toffee Crisp,…

Why is it only the right that get angry about how state schools fail the poor?

23 June 2013 12:38

Does it matter if the poor are given a bad eduction? Christine Blower, head of the National Union of Teachers,…

Westminster School opens a free school

20 April 2013 21:08

Guests at The Spectator’s schools conference on  Thursday arrived via the stunning grounds of Westminster School (above), one of the…

School wars: Michael Gove, Fiona Millar and Andrew Adonis at Spectator conference

24 March 2013 12:42

Three years ago, Dennis Sewell wrote a Spectator piece about the real enemy awaiting Michael Gove: ‘The Blob’. Carla Millar…