It looks like pupils across England will sit GCSEs for the last time in 2015, paving the way for more traditional exams modelled on the old O-levels the following year. This is undeniably a bold move – breath-taking even – which has taken politicians and educationalists completely by surprise. But is it right?
Despite its recent defeat in the Lords, the Government is determined to introduce elected Police and Crime Commissioners. Elected police chiefs were a key Tory policy, with which the Prime Minister is personally associated – and given what is happening to the health reforms Tory MPs are in no mood for a U-turn on policing. [...]
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