Tag Archives: Free Schools

“Schools that Work for Everyone”. Except When they Don’t

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“Schools That Work For Everyone” is the government’s consultation document on grammar schools and faith schools. According to the government, this document outlines its ambition “to create an education system that extends opportunity to everyone, not just the privileged few”. … Continue reading

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University Education: Value for Money?

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A recent survey from the consumer group “Which?” confirmed previous reports that university students don’t think they’re getting value for money. The fact that it’s a consumer group compiling such a report speaks volumes in itself. Since the demise of … Continue reading

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Birmingham, the Country and the Powers of the Secretary of State

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The disastrous and destructive situation in the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham has been highly reported over the last few weeks. Stories of extremism, control for power, bullying, manipulation of the truth, imposition of ideologies that don’t consider the all-round … Continue reading

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Free Schools, Regional Commissioners and a Mess.

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So, who has been leaking documents from the Department for Education, and more importantly – why? Perhaps, like so many of us who have worked in education for decades, this person can no longer tolerate the damage done to the … Continue reading

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Free Schools in a Digital Age

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Continuing with the Free School theme this week, there would appear to be three common reasons why someone would want to open a new school that’s publicly funded and operates alongside existing school provision even where there are already sufficient … Continue reading

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Free Schools, Secrecy and Freedom of Information

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Question: Do you have any idea why certain Free School applicants were given funding and approval to open whilst others were not? Of course you don’t. Nobody knows – apart from a small circle of government ministers and their senior … Continue reading

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To Dream, to Act, to Unite

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Last night, there was another programme on BBC2 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Various people reflected on the effects of this speech on their own lives. People such as Oprah Winfrey were … Continue reading

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