Posts Tagged “schools”

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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Free school lunches for infants: 60% of Lib Dems back Nick Clegg’s policy

by Stephen Tall on February 3, 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 […]

Gove and Laws scrap it out on front pages over sacking of Ofsted head. Here’s what the row is all about.

by Stephen Tall on February 2, 2014

Today’s newspaper front pages are full of the scrap taking place at the heart of the Department for Education between Conservative secretary of state Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws: Ofsted row: Lib Dems furious at Conservative plan to ‘politicise’ classrooms (Independent on Sunday) Lib Dems savage Gove over sacked schools boss […]

Education: 59% of Lib Dems say teachers should have formal teaching qualifications

by Stephen Tall on February 2, 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 […]

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 […]

Pupil Premium: is it working? Probably – but it’s not a quick-fix solution

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2014

The Pupil Premium – money targeted at children from low-income households – is the Lib Dems’ flagship education policy. By the end of the Parliament, it will be worth £2.5 billion, cash given directly to schools to spend as they wish on improving attainment outcomes. Is it working? That’s the question being asked, given the […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Boris Johnson

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Boris Johnson Mayor of London Reason: for believing intelligence is fixed and fee-paying schools are the only hope for bright children. There’s a lot to admire about Boris Johnson. The brilliant turn […]

CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #52: Mr Burton and Musharaf Asghar from Channel 4?s Educating Yorkshire

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Mr Burton and Musharaf Asghar Stars of last night’s Educating Yorkshire Reason: Mr Burton for teaching and Musharaf for discovering the power of education to give you a voice that can be […]

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 […]



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