Category Archives: Governance

Children deserve more than slums in the sky

by Terry Wrigley School provision now in England is built on the dreams of Conservative thinkers of the 1970s and 1980s, but the dream is fast becoming a nightmare. Neoliberal ideologists in the Conservative Party thought they could dispense with … Continue reading

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Are giant secondary schools the answer?

by Terry Wrigley The news that a shortage of school places has led to giant secondary schools provides further evidence of the chaos resulting from the Government’s failure to plan. No one can feign surprise at the growing population, but … Continue reading

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If academies are the answer…?

by Terry Wrigley It takes time to transform a secondary school, so let’s concentrate on academies which had been open at least five years by last June’s GCSE. In other words, long enough for the pupils taking GCSEs to have … Continue reading

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Learning from what works

The Centre for Equity in Education (University of Manchester) have just published their pre-election statement Learning from what works. Its authors Mel Ainscow, Alan Dyson, Sue Goldrick and Kirstin Kerr argue that ‘successive governments have failed to deliver an education system … Continue reading

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Labour’s education manifesto: academies, local authorities and the rest?

by Professor Richard Hatcher, Birmingham City University On April 13 Labour published its election manifesto on education, A better plan for education.  It claims that ‘Over the past four and a half years Labour has worked closely with the education and … Continue reading

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Combined Authorities do not rebuild democracy

by Professor Richard Hatcher, City of  Birmingham University The policy of both the Tories and Labour is for the spread of Combined Authorities (CAs). The Greater Manchester Combined Authority was established in 2011. Combined authorities were established in the Sheffield … Continue reading

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Sponsorship mess threatens children’s future

Academy sponsors were supposed to be the magic key to sort out struggling schools. This began with businessmen who supposedly knew more about education than teachers and local education authorities. There were few takers, and among them some dubious sponsors: … Continue reading

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Education minister evasive about academy problems

The mounting evidence of serious problems with academies and free schools is clearly causing concern even behind the walls of the House of Commons. The Education Select Committee (a cross-party panel of MPs) reached some very critical conclusions. Drawing on … Continue reading

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Sponsored academy myth in shreds

The Coalition Government are busy forcing lower-attaining primary schools to become sponsored academies on the grounds that results will improve faster. In recent months this myth has been demolished by research. The comparison between attainment gains in primary academies and … Continue reading

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Flawed research used to justify free schools

David Cameron is due to announce a rapid expansion of free schools today. By a strange coincidence, a new report by ‘independent think tank’ Policy Exchange is also timed for release today. Our analysis provides 10 reasons why this ‘research’ … Continue reading

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