Free schools: Won’t somebody think of the children?

If you were to ask a member of the current government whether they would ever run the risk of their own children getting a worse education for the sake of upholding a political principle (for example by sending them to an under-performing secular school instead of a higher-achieving religious one, or a dreaded “bog standard […]

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Privatising student loans is more than just unfair

Last week it was revealed that a government-commissioned report into the future of student loans recommended that they be privatised, and that the cap on the rates of interest charged to graduates should be lifted. Given that this report was written by an investment bank it isn’t exactly surprising news (and admittedly it was only […]

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Shooting the messenger

This weekend it was reported that an Oxford college – St Hugh’s – has refused to award a place to an applicant because it thought he wasn’t rich enough. At least, that’s what the headlines said, and…well, it’s sort of true. It’s just that that’s also quite a misleading way of putting it. A headline […]

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Cutting nurseries is a recipe for social segregation

Guest post by Matt Mahon In June, the government announced a 22 percent cut in early years spending. At the time, the effect that was most widely discussed was the closure of SureStart centres, but now the direct impact on state schools and primary education is also becoming clear. Another ‘saving’ announced at the time […]

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What The White Paper On Education Actually Says

You can download the White Paper here, and I’ve added references according to the Paper’s own numbering system. Make students more like commodities The first main point is the creation of 85,000 new student places which behave differently from all others (0.8). Representing around 1 in 20 students in the 2012 intake, these students would […]

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Teacher’s right to private sexual conduct worth less than school’s ‘reputation’, says teaching regulator.

A primary school teacher has avoided being barred from teaching following revelations in the press of her sideline as a dominatrix, the TES reports. Faith-Anne Lesbirel, a primary school teacher, was exposed by a tabloid newspaper in 2008 as none other than ‘Mistress Saffron’, a dominatrix offering her services for money online. [Lesbirel] insisted her fetish activities […]

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It’s not Oxbridge that’s the national disgrace, Dave

This is a guest post by Andy McGowan, Access Officer at Cambridge University Students’ Union So Nick and Dave are at it again – and I don’t just mean making embarrassing slips of the tongue like this one. They’ve also gone back to having a go at easy targets as a smokescreen for their own […]

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EMA to be replaced with Victorian style charity

Begging your A Level teacher for an extension on your coursework can be an uncomfortable experience. Begging your teachers for a tenner so that you can afford the bus to school is probably somewhat more degrading. Tonight the education secretary, Michael Gove, announced the replacement for the EMA. The scheme will cost 180 million, a […]

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Poorer Students Will Be Worse Off Under The New Fees System: The Numbers Behind The Headlines

Guest post by Hannah The admission that I did not pay any form of fees to attend university frequently confuses my peers. I watch their quizzical expressions as they try to ascertain if I’m a secret thirty-something. It seems there’s been a collective forgetting or ongoing ignorance of the fact that until recently many undergraduates from […]

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Policing Teachers’ Private Lives

The Metro today reports a surge in cases in which teachers have been punished or disciplined over their private behaviour. Teachers’ union the NASUWT have hit out at the impact of the General Teaching Council’s code of conduct, which came into effect in 2009 and which demands that teachers “standards of behaviour both inside and […]

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