I was intrigued by a line in Michael Gove’s speech to teachers and headteachers today:
I’m also an admirer of John Blake of Labour Teachers, who has transcended party politics to praise all schools which succeed for their pupils, even if they are academies or free schools…
I hadn’t come across Blake before, but I was sure [...]
One reason Michael Gove will never be prime minister is that he cannot resist a good joke. His speech to the Social Market Foundation yesterday was a joy to read, partly because his mockery of right-on attitudes was so pointed.
Those who enjoy wealth and power in our society – however bohemian their lifestyle, artistic their circle [...]
Fraser Nelson draws attention to a “substantially updated and revised” study of schools reform in Sweden, which concludes that free schools (eventually) improve all schools in their municipality:
We find that an increase in the share of independent-school students improves average performance at the end of compulsory school as well as long-run educational outcomes. We show that these effects [...]
We need to ask the question of whether students are being given an adequate say in the changes taking place within their learning establishments. The truth is, they are not.
After Michael Gove praised Andrew Adonis (pictured) with revolting treacliness as one of his two heroes (the other was Theodore Roosevelt), the former minister and author of Education, Education, Education came to talk to the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London last night.
Adonis delivered a virtuoso lecture on how to be a [...]
Alex Massie described Andrew Adonis’s book, Education, Education, Education, as “probably the most important political book of the year”. (This poster is not for the film of the book.) And he calls Adonis the third most important person in the Blair-Brown governments. Neither is an exaggeration. The book is not just about the academy schools [...]
This may be the last of this spat: Stephen Twigg, Labour’s education spokesman, has replied to Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, about the sale of school playing fields.
Twigg is slowly clawing back lost ground. Having withdrawn the allegation that Michael Gove “tried to cover up” the sale of 10 playing fields, he now apologises for [...]
Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, has replied to Stephen Twigg, his Labour shadow. This is getting rather long, so I won’t try to reproduce the pdf* of the letter itself, but this is what it says.
Stephen Twigg, Labour’s education spokesman, has replied to the letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister for Schools, which I reproduced yesterday.
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