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What business do universities have in academy schools?

by Nadia Edmond, University of Brighton first published in The Conversation (4 Jan 2016) There has been a transformation in English education in the last decade – the academies programme has brought private trusts and corporate sponsors into the schools system. … 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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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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