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Back to the 1970s? I’ll vote for that

A personal comment by Dr Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University A few days ago the Daily Mail threatened that a Labour victory in the General Election would mean a return to the 1970s. That set me thinking. I started … Continue reading

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School cuts or taxing the rich?

The school cuts of around £3 billion are being presented as a necessary saving because of the need for ‘Austerity’. The School Cuts website, which has information for every school, shows that 99% of schools will have a per-pupil cut, … Continue reading

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New research exposes grammar school myth

New research by expert statisticians from the Universities of Bristol and Warwick, and the Institute of Education (UCL), demonstrates the dishonesty of Theresa May’s claim that grammar schools will benefit families that are “just about managing”. Simon Burgess, Claire Crawford and … Continue reading

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Grammar school expansion has gathered little support

The Government have had nothing but bad news since announcing their intention to expand grammar schools. Opposition has come from all quarters, and there is widespread scepticism about Theresa May’s ‘social justice’ claim. To be precise, she doesn’t pretend any … Continue reading

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Conference in the North East

Children are Reclaiming Schools has been working with the NUT, LetOurKidsBeKids and other More Than A Score partners to plan a regional conference on Saturday 11 March. Venue: Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, Gateshead Time: 10.30am – 4pm  (coffee from 10.00) The conference … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and the family: a question of ethics

by Pam Jarvis, Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education, Leeds Trinity University Long before my university post, and even before I was a classroom teacher, I was a young mother in Thatcher’s Britain. In my mid-twenties, I had three small children, … Continue reading

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Grim up north?

In his final report as Ofsted’s chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw chose to launch again into a polemic about the poor quality of schools in the North of England. The data he used needs more serious analysis. In recent months, Wilshaw has … Continue reading

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