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    Schools in government-held parliamentary constituencies are about twice as likely to have converted to Academy status as those in Labour areas

Schools in government-held parliamentary constituencies are about twice as likely to have converted to Academy status as those in Labour areas

A transformation in the governance structures of English education has been underway since the coalition government came to power, with around 40 per cent of secondary pupils now being taught in an Academy school. Interestingly, patterns of party politics at the local level are a good predictor of whether individual schools will opt into Academy status. This suggests party political […]

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    We should not be conflating liberal democratic values with British national identity

We should not be conflating liberal democratic values with British national identity

Michael Gove recently proposed that the Independent School Standards require schools to ‘actively promote’ British values. But in what sense are democracy, liberty, respect, tolerance and the rule of law supposed to be British? The answer is a hope on the government’s part that schools might be able to strengthen allegiance to liberal democratic values by tying it up […]

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    The implementation of the coalition’s free schools policy has been disastrous, demonstrating a lack of proper scrutiny

The implementation of the coalition’s free schools policy has been disastrous, demonstrating a lack of proper scrutiny

The free schools policy championed by Michael Gove is experiencing a serious failure of implementation. Meanwhile, the political response in challenging and holding to account those responsible has been feeble. Many of these difficulties could have been foreseen had the initial legislation been properly scrutinised, writes Mark Goodwin. 
After four reasonably harmonious years of coalition, recent events have raised the possibility that it […]

Gaining more education does lead to higher wages

Economists have long been asking whether increasing education leads to higher wages. In his recently published work, Matt Dickson exploits the relationship between smoking as a teenager and education choice to tease out the causal relationship. He finds that, across the distribution of education levels and the ability range, getting more education does result in a higher wage. For policy, this means that raising the […]

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Education in Scotland: Performance in a devolved policy area

As the people of Scotland consider their vote in next year’s referendum, what evidence is there that the nation can succeed ‘on its own’? Gill Wyness, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally explore how Scotland compares with the rest of the UK in education, an area of public policy that is already highly devolved.  When considering whether or not Scotland should […]

How can we secure the school-to-school collaboration so vital for improvement?

Since their introduction by the Blair government in 2000, Academy schools have proved deeply controversial. Becky Francis reflects on the report of the Academies Commission, which investigated whether this educational innovation was meeting the goals for which they were originally intended. An emerging consensus suggests that autonomy for such schools must be married to collaboration and, at present, it has yet to be […]

Sweden has reformed its welfare state to deliver both efficiency and equity – the UK should learn from its example.

Sweden is widely seen as a standard-bearer of social democratic principles. However Will Tanner contends that while the Swedish welfare state is an unlikely poster child for sustainable government, it is nonetheless leading the way in public service reform.  Politicians the world over are grappling with the same fundamental challenge: how to make government sustainable. The fiscal reckoning may have been exposed […]

What does the future hold for the Higher Education system in England?

In the last post of our higher education special, Louis Coiffait asks what the future holds for the first cohort of students under the new fees regime, as well as for the Higher Education system as a whole. While there are many things we can’t know, there is nonetheless a basis upon which to predict general trends.  The excitement of freshers week […]

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