National Audit Office verdict on Pupil Premium: “potential to bring about a significant improvement in outcomes for disadvantaged pupils”

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2015

Six months ago I wrote: I think [the Pupil Premium is] one of this Coalition’s most progressive policies. But expecting its impact to be sudden and dramatic is to over-hype it. What I suspect it has done is focus schools’ (…)

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Olly Grender & me on BBC Radio 4: Who will be the next Lib Dem leader?

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2015

BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour took a look at the Lib Dem leadership contest this week. You can listen to the 9 minute discussion between Olly Grender (Team Norman Lamb) and me (Team Tim Farron) here: Enjoy reading this? Please (…)

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Secret ballot? Whatevs.

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2015

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The “Orange Booker” case for supporting Tim Farron

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2015

Yes, you read that headline right. I’ve already said why I’m supporting Tim Farron as next Lib Dem leader. This is a brief coda addressed specifically to those party members, like me, who are quite happy still to be regarded (…)

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My must-reads this week June 26, 2015

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… YouGov | The great ketchup debate: to refrigerate or not to refrigerate? YouGov: 53% say keep ketchup in the fridge http://bit.ly/1FDoWOW (…)

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The Lib Dem policy dilemma – and the 3 issues I think we need to make our own

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2015

One striking thing about the Lib Dem leadersip contest to date is the lack of debate about policy. To some extent this is unsurprising. So devastating was the party’s defeat in May that there’s been more interest than usual in (…)

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The Labour leadership contest – my outsider’s verdict so far…

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2015

I’ve finally got round to watching BBC Newsnight’s Labour leadership hustings (available to watch here for another 24 days). Here’s my verdict… There was no doubt in my mind who was the strongest performer: Islington left-winger Jeremy Corbyn. This isn’t (…)

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Tim Farron shows how dropping a policy can be a sign of strength

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2015

A month ago I endorsed Tim Farron for Lib Dem leader – but with a couple of caveats. For example: That doesn’t mean I agree with Tim all the time. I don’t and I won’t. He’s more of a tax-and-spender (…)

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My must-reads this week June 19, 2015

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… Polling industry must be more tightly regulated, say Labour peers | Politics | The Guardian Awful idea from Labour peer: a (…)

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My must-reads this week June 12, 2015

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… YouGov | General election 2015: how Britain really voted Interesting that Times readers more likely than Guardian readers to hv voted (…)

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