Posts Tagged “free schools”

Education: 47% of Lib Dems want grammar schools opened up, while clear majorities oppose academies, free schools and for-profit schools

by Stephen Tall on February 1, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’ve been publishing the full results. (There were a couple of results I ran out of time […]

Nick (finally) makes his education speech and launches the Coalition’s own ‘Champions League’

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2013

Five days after it was pre-briefed, Nick Clegg finally made his speech on A Liberal Vision for Education at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets. (Morpeth is, by the way, a fantastic school. I visited it for my day-job 18 months ago, and was shown around by two of its pupils, Vanessa and Mahir: the transformational […]

Two questions journalists aren’t asking about Nick Clegg’s free schools speech

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech on free schools – setting out the policy approved by the Lib Dem conference last March – has ruffled feathers. Apparently he and David Cameron even had lunch yesterday to discuss this ‘bombshell’ announcement (which in fact won’t be made until a speech this Thursday). My view (as I set out here […]

Clegg on free schools and National Curriculum: no more, no less than party policy. And that’s for better and worse.

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2013

No-one should be that surprised by Nick Clegg’s decision to distance the Lib Dems from Michael Gove’s schools policies — specifically that every teacher should be qualified and that every school should teach the national curriculum. After all, what Nick is due to set out in a speech this week is the policy that was […]

What Lib Dem members think about EBacc, academies and free schools

by Stephen Tall on October 3, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum before conference to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 550 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Narrow backing for replacing GCSEs with EBacc LDV asked: Nick Clegg and Michael Gove […]

What Lib Dem members think about ‘free schools’ and who should have most power

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 550 party members responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. 42% of Lib Dem members reject ‘free schools’ LDV asked: “Free Schools” are new state […]

The Saturday Debate: Local government is to the Lib Dems what the unions are to Labour and big business is to the Tories

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… I was struck by this recent article by the Economist’s political columnist Bagehot, headlined When progressive actually means misanthropic, reflecting on the Lib Dem conference, and specifically the debate on free schools. Highlighting that, while the […]

Clegg: Lib Dems ‘misunderstand’ schools policy

by Stephen Tall on September 21, 2010

That’s the Channel 4 News headline tonight, and it seems a fair reflection of Nick Clegg’s interview with Jon Snow this evening: As I tried to explain in my speech yesterday, some of the misgivings expressed in the conference hall I genuinely think slightly misunderstand what the government policy is going to do. I think […]

Free schools, the Coalition, and the future of the Lib Dems – my 6-minute take

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2010

Andrew Walker of Tweetminster caught up with me immediately after the Lib Dem motion opposing free schools was carried — it was one of the issues, alongside the Coalition and the future of the Lib Dems, that we discussed. You (…)

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