Schools revolution

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…

Yes, Gove has lost a battle. But he’s winning the education war

8 February 2013 9:59

Michael Gove’s enemies will have savoured his defeat yesterday, and enjoyed every second of his Commons speech admitting that his…

Gove, sports and school freedom

19 August 2012 12:07

The problem with granting independence to schools is that you never know what they’ll do with it. Quite a few…

Schools: the cash illusion

23 June 2012 11:45

13 years of Labour rule taught us two vital lessons about school reform. The first is that there is no…

The ideological quandary over Gove’s curriculum reform

15 June 2012 14:45

Primary school children studying subordinate clauses and foreign languages? What an outlandish but suddenly very real idea. Michael Gove announced…

Gove takes on private school dominance and trade union opposition

10 May 2012 17:59

The Education Secretary gave a very pugnacious speech this morning on the need to improve the country’s state schools. ‘It…

The coming schools crisis

20 April 2012 9:16

Michael Gove’s school reform is being overwhelmed by the surging demand for school places, I argue in my Telegraph column…

Gove calls on universities to improve A-levels

3 April 2012 14:58

It may be a sleepy day in Westminster, but Michael Gove and his school reforms have lost none of their…

Public opinion is split on Gove’s reforms

5 February 2012 10:32

It seems most of the public agrees with the need to improve our schools. A YouGov poll out this morning…

The anti-academies club

10 January 2012 12:07

‘Anyone here from the Spectator?’ Last night a packed meeting at Downhills Primary in Haringey began with this ominous query…

Unemployment rate highest in 15 years

16 November 2011 10:23

Today’s unemployment figures do not make for cheery reading. Youth unemployment is up to over a million and unemployment overall…

Brendan Barber’s champagne habit, and other stories

7 October 2011 16:46

The Tory conference was so forgettable that it’s hard now to remember it took place earlier in the week. But,…

Cameron’s well-schooled argument

9 September 2011 12:47

When Michael Howard offered David Cameron the pick of the jobs in the shadow Cabinet after the 2005 election, Cameron…

School’s back, and a fight breaks out in the Westminster playground

5 September 2011 14:07

Nick Clegg’s speech today on education has certainly garnered him some headlines. But it has also ruffled feathers in Whitehall.…

Clegg vs Clegg

4 September 2011 15:48

As the Lib Dem conference approaches, we can expect some briefing from their spin doctors claiming to have “wrecked” all…