• Stats watchdog launches investigations into ministers' 'disingenuous' use of data

    The statistics watchdog has launched two investigations into the government’s “disingenuous” use of education data, with ministers accused of using “smoke and mirrors” to deflect criticism from shrinking budgets. The UK Statistics Authority is investigating the Department for Education’s use of an OECD finding that the UK is the “third highest spender on education” to

    18.18 Oct. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Ignore the 'fibbers' over London's school successes, says Hinds

    Anyone who says they know why London’s schools have improved over the past two decades is a “fibber”, the education secretary has said. Damian Hinds told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that the reasons behind the transformation of educational performance in the capital are “much more complicated” than just one public policy programme.

    18.15 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | CPC, News

  • Hinds calls on tech companies to create new solutions to support teaching

    Education secretary Damian Hinds is calling on technology companies to help improve teaching and cut teacher workload, ahead of plans to develop new online resources for schools in the autumn. From September, the Department for Education (DfE) will work with the Chartered College of Teaching, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and other organisations to develop

    0.01 Aug. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Troubled UCAT trust to shed four schools after finances warning

    Four schools run by the troubled University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) will be rebrokered to new sponsors following the intervention of a government schools commissioner. Christine Quinn, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands, has “agreed with the trust to initially rebroker four schools” in order to “release capacity”, according to a parliamentary written

    12.07 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • MPs demand action to improve education in the north

    An influential group of MPs has written to the education secretary to demand immediate improvement to education in the north of England. The parliamentary education committee wrote to Damian Hinds after a hearing last week with former chancellor George Osborne and other representatives of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership highlighted a “stark educational attainment gap between the

    11.01 May. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds' changes will create an accountability revolution

    The education secretary’s first great act in his new job won’t grab the headlines, but the way he’s simplified who is responsible for what in our schools will prove invaluable, writes Mark Lehain At a glance, Damian Hinds’ various announcements today could seem like mere tinkering. Given the local elections, the mainstream press will probably

    15.17 May. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Education ministers need to stop arguing about skills

    It is beyond tedious to watch two ministers argue in public over the meaning of the word ‘skills’ when they could be fixing education, writes Laura McInerney One of my favourite questions to ask people is this: “If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?” It always throws them off. Sometimes they

    15.00 Jan. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Damian Hinds: The new sheriff in town

    Damian Hinds, the Oxford-educated MP for East Hampshire, is the new education secretary, after a reshuffle that saw Justine Greening dramatically resign from the government. Hinds’s appointment was announced later than planned, coming shortly after 8pm on Monday, at the tail end of a major cabinet reshuffle fraught with communications blunders and rows between the

    13.18 Jan. 12th, 2018 | News

  • What does Damian Hinds' appointment as education secretary mean for schools?

    The new education secretary shares some of his predecessor’s conciliatory instincts, but Tory red meat may be back on the menu, writes Jon Andrews Despite the great hype across news outlets, ministerial reshuffles barely capture the attention of anyone outside the great bubble of Westminster. This is a misconception – in education at least –

    13.06 Jan. 11th, 2018 | Opinion