Posts Tagged “Education”

We (Lib Dems) don’t need no education. Apparently.

by Stephen Tall on August 9, 2015

Tim Farron has announced his seven campaigning priorities for the Lib Dems this Parliament. And one topic is notable by its absence: Rural Communities and Vice Chair – Mark Williams MP EU referendum – Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim (…)

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Let’s hear it for the Lib Dem pupil premium: but don’t expect overnight miracles from it

by Stephen Tall on December 20, 2012

Excellent news from Lib Dem schools minister David Laws yesterday, with the announcement of how much Pupil Premium money each school in England will receive in 2013/14: “Liberal Democrats are building a strong economy and a fair society where everyone (…)

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What are exams for? Okay, you can turn over your paper now…

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Last weekend, I sat a GCSE ‘mock’ exam. I haven’t had my mark back yet, but I think I did okay. Of course, this was just the foundation tier exam so even if I score top marks the maximum grade (…)

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The 446 state schools where poorer children perform better than average

by Stephen Tall on May 12, 2012

One of the biggest questions in education is the extent to which schools can make a difference to the lives of the children they teach. Put more fatalistically, if you’re born poor does that mean you will perform poorly at (…)

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Do university tuition fees deter the poorest?

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2009

The issue of tuition fees exploded into the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth, when Nick Clegg appeared to suggest he was rowing-back on the party’s long-established commitment to abolish them.
I’ll state clearly my position: I support tuition fees, and believe they are the only possible way of funding world-class higher education for UK students. […]

LDV readers say: BNP members should be able to be teachers

by Stephen Tall on July 5, 2009

Cast your minds back a couple of weeks, and there was a bout of speculation that Labour, under pressure from the NAS/UWT teaching union, is considering a possible ban on British National Party members working as teachers in schools. We (…)

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Clegg & Cable spell out Lib Dem public spending cuts to fund education priorities

by Stephen Tall on February 9, 2009

In his 2008 conference speech, Nick Clegg promised the Liberal Democrats would soon spell out exactly how the party would fund its policy priorities – new spending on Lib Dem policies, including tax cuts for the vast majority of citizens: (…)

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Laws: Half of children in poverty not getting free school meals

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2008

The Guardian has the story, courtesy of Lib Dem research published by the party’s children and schools’ spokesman David Laws: A million children living below the poverty line do not receive free school meals as a result of flaws in (…)

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Pupil ‘bonuses’ “totally unjust”, says Laws

by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2008

David Laws, the Lib Dems’ shadow secretary of state for schools, has criticised the policy of paying poorer students for, among other things, attending class. The Telegraph reports: In some cases, students are paid £250 each in taxpayers’ money for (…)

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