Social mobility

The coming battle over university places

28 June 2011 9:03

Until now, the debate over universities has dwelt inevitably on how much students need to stump up in tuition fees.…

In defence of the Oxbridge interview

23 June 2011 13:38

Simon Hughes’ desire (£) to stop Oxbridge academics interviewing potential students is muddle headed as well as an attack on…

Tuition fees set to spoil summer

19 April 2011 12:35

Tuition fees are lowering in the distance, threatening the stability of the coalition. A straw poll by the BBC suggests…

Grammar schools aren’t an answer to the social mobility problem

6 April 2011 16:16

With all the talk about social mobility, it was inevitable that those who believe grammar schools were the doorway to opportunity…

The pros and cons of internships

5 April 2011 17:58

For the last fortnight, I’ve been doing an internship at The Spectator. And having seen the furore over Nick Clegg’s…

Does Davis have a point about grammar schools?

5 April 2011 17:08

David Davis has been relatively quiet for the past couple of months, perhaps nursing a hangover after this. But he’s…

Your five-point guide to the coalition’s social mobility report

5 April 2011 15:20

The government’s new report into social mobility is, it tells us, all about “opening doors” and “breaking barriers” — but…

Short term solutions to Britain’s long-term education problem

5 April 2011 12:01

The most important planks of the coalition’s social mobility strategy are its education and welfare reforms. Raising the standards of…

Spiralling inflation continues to squeeze some more than others

22 March 2011 16:43

The February inflation figures spell more bad news for living standards in the UK. With average weekly earnings growth standing…

Clegg’s cure for the tuition fee trauma

13 March 2011 18:44

The Liberal Democrats are still traumatised by what happened over tuition fees. Nearly every fringe meeting contained a long discussion…

Levelling higher education’s playing field

4 February 2011 11:46

Last summer I was showing some 17 year olds around the House of Commons. They were bright and engaged and…

Forget Mandarin. Latin is the key to success

3 February 2011 18:41

As promised, here is an extended version of an article from the skills supplement in this week’s issue of the Spectator.…

In this week’s Spectator

27 January 2011 10:56

The new issue of The Spectator is out in the shops today – subscribers can read it online, or on…

IDS sets out his vision for combating poverty

5 October 2010 16:34

There was a quiet momentousness about Iain Duncan Smith’s speech in Birmingham today – even before he started speaking. When…

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…

Field caught between reality and fantasy

11 September 2010 18:56

Frank Field’s been thinking. He will make his report on poverty next week and he hints at its contents in…

Gove to introduce baccalaureate for 16 year-olds

5 September 2010 10:43

Fixing the education system in Britain is absolutely crucial to promoting social mobility, the principal domestic social policy aim of…

An important fortnight for Nick Clegg

16 August 2010 9:09

Another reason to be glad of the Brown government’s downfall is that there seems to be less silliness about the…

The return of Alan Milburn

15 August 2010 10:26

Frank Field, John Hutton and now Alan Milburn – the red tinges to the coalition mix are like a Who’s…