Category: Policy

A privatised route to falling standards

Creeping privatisation and competition in state education has been a disaster across the globe almost everywhere it has been tried and yet the Coalition government seems hell-bent on pursuing it. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, is repeatedly accused of putting

Mick Fletcher questions the wisdom of tackling college governance in isolation

The recently published report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on college governance [350KB PDF] is in many ways a model of how to develop policy.  Unlike many announcements, which appear out of the blue and seem only to

No sign yet of joined-up government

What does it cost to open a 14-19 University Technical College? If you are Lord Baker, Education Secretary to Margaret Thatcher, it’s upwards of £20m. If you are from Cleveland and Redcar College you get the same for £30,000 –

Lessons from Finland, by Andrew Morris

Pasi Sahlberg Source Education in other countries sounds so much more interesting than our own! In Switzerland it’s the calibre of apprenticeships, in France the breadth of the Baccalaureat, in Scandinavia the quality of pre-school play. But as I see

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