Tag Archives: David Blunkett

Education: A fresh start for the Labour Party

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Yesterday we were asked the following question on Twitter by @corbyn50plus, in response to a remark about education: “What do you think Labour can do besides oppose Tory policy?” It’s an important question. For years it’s been pointed out that … Continue reading

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Festival of Education: The Politicians Speak

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The Festival of Education at Wellington gives those interested in education the opportunity to listen and speak to those who have determined policy over the decades. As previously reported, the first morning brought Kenneth Baker to the festival, with a … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Comprehension of the Comprehensive System

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech at the opening of the Sunday Times Festival of Education was somewhat provocative and controversial. Whether this was a deliberate move on his part is debatable. What was clear was that there was inflammatory language used … Continue reading

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A Personal View of the Festival of Education, Wellington College

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Anyone who is interested in education and has never been to the “Sunday Times Festival of Education”, held at Wellington College, should seriously think about attending next year. There’s an extraordinary amount of speakers – practitioners, politicians and a few … Continue reading

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Over to You, Tristram

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The Guardian Education Manifesto article yesterday has provided plenty of food for thought – for us, at least. We hope it’s had a similar effect on Tristram Hunt and his team within the Labour Party. Neither David Blunkett’s review of … Continue reading

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Local Education, Locally Managed – Response to Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins’ recent article on the state of education in England is something of a mixed bag. What is absolutely right is his account of decades of political interference in education. “Both parties share the blame for this confusion. For … Continue reading

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Labour’s new “vows” on Education

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Labour vows to rub out Michael Gove’s education reforms http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/29/labour-rub-out-michael-gove-education-system Such delicious words in this context. “Vows”. “Rub out”. Even the Telegraph uses words like “dismantle” (of Gove’s reforms) without any accompanying criticism of Labour’s policy proposal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/10797390/Labour-vows-to-dismantle-Michael-Goves-education-reforms.html Guardian-reading teachers … Continue reading

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