Posts Tagged “schools”

‘Why real creativity is based on knowledge’

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2016

That was the title of the talk given by former CentreForum chief economist – these days chief scientific advisor to the Department for Education – Tim Leunig. I’m usually a bit “meh” about Ted-style talks and their over-simplistic attempts to (…)

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Tackling child poverty: a liberal approach

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2016

I was one of the speakers at last night’s fringe meeting – hosted by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Education Policy Institute – alongside Alison Garnham (CPAG’s chief executive), former Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott and Lib Dem (…)

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6 big challenges facing schools today

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2015

What are 6 of the biggest challenges facing schools today? I’ve set out my list today, drawn from our ‘really difficult box’, in a blog-post with my Education Endowment Foundation work-hat on — together with some thoughts on how we (…)

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What should be the next government’s top priority for education?

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2015

‘What should be the next government’s top priority for education?’ That was the question I was asked by the Association of Charitable Foundations for their April 2015 magazine, Trust and Foundation News, wearing my day-job hat as development director of (…)

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Why IDS is still in his job is revealing of Conservative attitudes to social security

by Stephen Tall on December 10, 2014

When Andrew Lansley’s health reforms ran into trouble – and his inability to take with him the public or those working in the NHS proved toxic – David Cameron reshuffled him out of harm’s way. Jeremy Hunt was brought in to make nice to the health sector and patients. When Michael Gove’s education reforms started […]

Tories announce new education policy: schools free to do exactly what the Government tells them to

by Stephen Tall on September 3, 2014

The Guardian reports that new Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan is about to make her first major policy announcement – and it’s, erm, interesting: Compulsory setting according to ability in England’s secondary schools is to be proposed by the education (…)

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For-profit schools: some evidence of why I’m far from convinced

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2014

Labour’s shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, this week called on Michael Gove to rule out profit-making schools, arguing “Beyond 2015, whether it admits it or not, the Conservative Party intends to introduce the profit motive into English education”. The Tories have sidestepped the issue and instead invited Labour to turn its fire on the Lib […]

Clegg’s “Parental Guarantee”: calls for all schools to employ qualified teachers and teach ‘core curriculum’

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2014

“We are and always will be the party of education and I’ll be saying more about that in the near future,” promised Nick Clegg in his Bloomburg speech on Monday. Today we saw the start, with the Lib Dem leader setting out the party’s Parental Guarantee that “every parent can be confident that their child […]

It’s Laws v Gove again as Lib Dem schools minister says academy chains should be accountable to Ofsted

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2014

‘It’s civil war in the Coalition classroom’ – that’s how the Independent bills the latest row between those two very civil politicians running the education department, Conservative secretary of state Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws. I wrote at the weekend about the first spat, which erupted after Michael Gove’s decision to […]

5 tables showing the best and worst places to go to school if you’re eligible for free school meals

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2014

I’ve taken a quick look at the data of how pupils did in their GCSEs according to where they live by local authority. In particular I wanted to find out how about how pupils eligible for free school meals (broadly (…)

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