• Grammar school expansion threatens comprehensives' pupil premium budgets

    Proposals in the green paper for grammar schools to admit more pupils from low-income families will suck out cash from comprehensives that would help the most deprived children, warns the former pupil premium champion. Schools receive about £1,000 pupil premium funding per eligible child, but the cash follows the pupil – meaning if they move

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2016 | News

  • Is Justine Greening the first education secretary to attend a comprehensive school? Yes, sort of

    Justine Greening is the new education secretary and is said to be the first to have attended a comprehensive school. This is mostly true, but there are a few important caveats as editor Laura McInerney explains.   Congratulations to Justine Greening who has been crowned as education secretary by Theresa May. Many people, myself included,

    12.40 Jul. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Does an elite education benefit health?

    Dr David Bann, Lecturer/Research Officer, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education What have you been working on? Trying to better understand health inequalities in society using longitudinal data – in this case, data from a British study which began in 1970 (the 1970 British Cohort Study). In particular, how the education system relates to later

    16.25 May. 11th, 2016 | Opinion

  • The case for allowing grammar schools to expand

    The comprehensive system is no fairer than the selective schools system, argues campaigner Chris McGovern, and there are many good reasons why we should encourage grammar school expansion A satellite grammar school is to be opened in Sevenoaks and comprehensive school zealots are enraged. The “one size fits all” mantra is being threatened and the “high priests” and “high priestesses”

    14.38 Oct. 15th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Can Corbyn get his way on comprehensives?

    How will Jeremy Corbyn’s unwavering commitment to cull the 11-plus and the remaining grammar schools work, politically and practically speaking, now that he has become leader? For starters, it will mean a chance – at last – of starting a national conversation about the extent and reality of selection in England in the 21st century

    7.00 Sep. 27th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Andy Burnham and the too-vague really-lame education policy

    “I will restore a local role in overseeing schools, rejecting the growing market of free schools and academies.” That’s it. That’s Andy Burnham’s big school vision as outlined in his manifesto. He will restore a local role in overseeing schools and new schools will not be academies. What a weird thing to pledge. For a

    12.45 Aug. 6th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Coasting concept is 'fatally flawed' for comprehensive and grammar schools

    A school will be deemed to be coasting if 60% of its pupils fail to achieve 5 GCSE grades A*to C including English and Maths. This is an arbitrary benchmark defining the school. The policy which spawned the concept is directed not at the school’s pupils but at the school itself. Since the underlying principle

    16.00 Jul. 2nd, 2015 | Opinion