English schools are broken. Only radical action will fix them | Melissa Benn | Opinion | The Guardian


Even for the sceptical, the suddenness and speed with which the academy schools project has fallen from public grace is remarkable. After years of uncritical acceptance of official claims that academies, and free schools, offer a near cast-iron guarantee of a better-quality education, particularly for poorer pupils, there is now widespread recognition of the drear reality: inadequate multi-academy trusts failing thousands of pupils, parents increasingly shut out of their children’s education, and academy executive heads creaming off excessive salaries – in some cases almost three times higher than the prime minister – from a system perilously squeezed of funds.

Crisis can be an overworked term in politics, and our schools are good examples of public institutions, subject to years of poor political decisions, that continue to do remarkable work. But along with the academy mess, we can add the following to the current charge sheet of what should be (along with the NHS) our finest public service: pressing problems with recruitment and retention of teachers; rocketing stress among young children and teenagers subject to stringent testing and tougher public exams; and the ongoing funding crisis.

 

Source: English schools are broken. Only radical action will fix them | Melissa Benn | Opinion | The Guardian

The arguments for and against grammar schools both miss the point | David Willetts | Opinion | The Guardian


The education system is tilted against working-class teenagers. The narrow emphasis on academic selection needs to be completely reimagined if real social mobility is to become a reality

Source: The arguments for and against grammar schools both miss the point | David Willetts | Opinion | The Guardian

LOL – confused Lib Dem rejoins Tories after leaving them 20 years ago for “shilly-shallying” over Europe!


Confusion or realignment, will Lady Nicholson state?

Pride's Purge

Lib Dem peer Lady Nicholson has just announced she has re-defected back to the Tories.

Nicholson’s defection comes 20 years after she defected to the Lib Dems from the Tories because of what she called the party’s “shilly- shallying” over Europe.

In 1995, Nicholson also said the Tories anti-EU policies were “rotten for Britain, bad for our people and abominable for trade”.

Erm … Nicholson doesn’t think the Tories are “shilly-shallying” enough over Europe now?

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Nicholson quits ‘uncaring’ Tories – 1995

Lib Dem peer Emma Nicholson joins Tory party – 2016

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