Tag Archives: comprehensive schools

Grammar schools: increasing inequality

Schools were only just back after the summer when Theresa May announced her intention to increase the number of grammar schools. Will this Government stop at nothing to undermine the principle of a good education for every child? This announcement … Continue reading

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BACC to a grammar and prep school curriculum?

by Dr Valerie Coultas, School of Education, Kingston University The Conservative government’s changes in the curriculum and testing are presented as radical, forward looking, and creating greater opportunities for all. In reality the new curriculum in the primary school, the new GCSE … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 2)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford What a complex and fragmented collection of schools existed in 19th Century England. Voluntary philanthropic initiatives, struggles between the Anglican church and Dissenters, middle class reformers, business interests, and public schools for the … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 1)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford So here we are in the 21st century seeing an education system being shaped on 19th century patterns rather than a system for the future. In those days, a combination of religious and … Continue reading

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Abolishing grammar schools is not enough

by Patrick Yarker Education secretary Nicky Morgan has agreed that Weald of Kent Grammar School, a single-sex academy in Tonbridge, can open a new building in Sevenoaks. This is officially an ‘annexe’ even though it is 10 miles away. The … Continue reading

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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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English for the Few or English for the Many?

by Valerie Coultas (Kingston University) Introduction There is nothing very new in Michael Gove’s culturally elitist attitudes to English teaching and the comprehensive ideal. He joins a long line of those who have always been opposed to the basic principles … 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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English for the many or the few

The hatred of Conservative education ministers for democratic ideas about language  connects with their broader opposition to comprehensive education. There is nothing very new in their elitist attitudes to English teaching or indeed to comprehensive education. Many of their ideas … 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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