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‘If I were education secretary…’

Secondary education is too exam-focused. There is also too much specialisation too early (after GCSE), too little variety between...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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‘If I were education secretary…’

Differences between children’s performance at school are not just due to differences in parenting and home life or differences...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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If we can’t take politics out of education, can we at least minimise it?

“Get politics out of education” is a heartfelt cry heard in many forms. But can it work? A general...

Russell Hobby
Russell Hobby
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The complicated ‘truths’ of the SAT resit debate

The Conservatives will force year 7 pupils to resit their SAT exams if they don’t achieve a level 4...

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
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“If I were education secretary I would…”

I would first recognise the excellence in state schools throughout the country. I would do this by indicating what...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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“If I were education secretary I would…”

The first thing I would do is drastically limit my own powers, and those of my successors, by irreversibly...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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“If I were education secretary I would…”

I would face the facts. Since the advent of high-stakes testing, many schools have become depressing places for students...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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“If I were education secretary I would…”

I would publish more data and set fewer targets. I would make it easier for research organisations to access...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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What education questions to ask political canvassers

Forget 24-hour news, the internet and Twitter: parliamentary candidates will still go canvassing before May 7. Be prepared and...

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