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    It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades

It’s not easy to raise prior attainment, but universities could better contextualise applicants’ grades

The government has challenged the Higher Education sector to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and to raise by 20 per cent the number of undergraduates from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. A report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF) casts doubt on the achievability of these 2020 goals: we’re on track to do neither. Steve Jones outlines the […]

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    Growth multiplier: how university expansion increases national income

Growth multiplier: how university expansion increases national income

Looking at universities across 78 countries, Anna Valero and John Van Reenen find that doubling the number of universities in a region increases that region’s income. So if the UK were to add one university to each region, national income would increase by about 0.7 per cent.

In 1900, only 1 in 100 young people in the world were enrolled […]

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    Budget 2016: highly questionable whether the academisation of all schools is good policy

Budget 2016: highly questionable whether the academisation of all schools is good policy

All schools will become academies, announced George Osborne in his 2016 Budget speech. But the impact of such mass rollout on students’ performance is uncertain, explain Andrew Eyles and Stephen Machin.

The Conservative government’s budget has announced plans to turn all state schools in England into academies. This continues a trend, which began in the early 2000s under the Labour […]

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    Governing public services in England and Wales: a move from the stakeholder model could further the democratic deficit

Governing public services in England and Wales: a move from the stakeholder model could further the democratic deficit

 A great deal of attention is given to roles of both Chief Executives and members of the Senior Management Team in many organisations, yet the work of the governing board is frequently neglected. Comparing England and Wales, Jacqueline Baxter and Catherine Farrell argue that we’re witnessing a shift away from the predominantly stakeholder model of board membership, which could potentially further the ‘democratic deficit’ in […]

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    Traveller planning policy continues to marginalise Gypsy families

Traveller planning policy continues to marginalise Gypsy families

Gypsies have rarely been served well by policy-makers in the UK. Here, Martin Myers outlines a glaring catch-22 embedded in planning policy for Traveller sites. The legislation and the discourse it uses work to reiterate fifteenth century legislation that requires Gypsies to comply or be cast out from society as non-citizens.

Published in August, policy from the Department for Communities and Local Government defines Gypsy and Traveller […]

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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 […]

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