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Philip Booth
21 October 2013
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has spoken out about the use of non-“Qualified Teachers” in free schools. I am being somewhat careful with my punctuation and capitalisation to make it...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
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  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
15 October 2012
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  With aims including far more school choice for pupils from all backgrounds, and raising standards in state schools through competition, the goals of the 2010 Academies Act were bold....
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
16 August 2012
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In a reply to my note on last week’s IPPR report, Rick Muir maintains his position that for-profit schools should be banned. He does so by ignoring some of my critique, while...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
14 August 2012
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In a new IPPR report, Rick Muir argues that profit-making free schools should remain banned. He does so by providing three broad arguments: (1) competition does not improve pupil performance, (2)...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
11 July 2012
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I am now accustomed to the fact that British journalists resort to extensive confirmation bias when arguing that free schools – especially for-profit ones – are driving down education...
Philip Booth
4 July 2012
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  I was beginning to feel quite warm towards Michael Gove’s plans for more varied qualifications within schools, and then I thought more about the detail. It seems that the proposals...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
20 June 2012
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In a recent column in the Guardian, Kevin Courtney lambasts the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, for ‘fly[ing] a kite for free schools to be allowed to make a profit...
James Croft
6 December 2011
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Evaluating the system-wide impact of choice and competition on educational outcomes is a difficult task. Last summer Rebecca Allen, in a paper for Research in Public Policy, offered a useful...
Gabriel H. Sahlgren
6 September 2011
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  Yesterday, dealing a blow to the progress of the coalition’s free school programme, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pledged that for-profit schools shall remain banned. This is...
Len Shackleton
10 June 2011
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One of the Coalition’s headline educational initiatives has been the introduction of the Pupil Premium, additional funding to schools for each ‘deprived’ child (the Department for...
Tom Papworth
26 October 2010
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In January, Paul Collier, an economics professor who has frequently been published by the IEA, wrote a controversial article for The Independent on how to reform education in the UK, and on 11...
Peter King
4 October 2010
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Politics, unlike commentary, is the art of the possible. It is about getting things done and surviving in the process. One means of survival, however, is to try to do as little as possible, and we...
James Stanfield
28 September 2010
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After travelling the country visiting schools and talking to head teachers, school children, parents and education experts, John Humphrys has concluded that parental choice “is simply not...
Ruth Porter
18 August 2010
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Sombre sound bites about the scale of the deficit, the need for deep cuts and the opportunity to use this as a time for comprehensive reform deliver huge promise, but the last hundred days provide...
Kristian Niemietz
7 June 2010
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Michael Gove has hesitantly accepted the inclusion of for-profit schools in the coalitions’ proposed school-choice reforms – a quasi-voucher scheme under which school funding would...
Kristian Niemietz
22 March 2010
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Proposals to adopt Swedish-style education reforms, put forward by the Conservative Party and others, have recently come under fire from research by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)....
Philip Booth
25 January 2010
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The Conservatives’ plans for “free schools” are, arguably, their flagship policy. It is vital that there is no compromise when they are implemented. Schools are a good place to...