• Less rhetoric, more funding for schools, please

    The Conservative manifesto talks about governing from the mainstream, but its education policies hardly match the rhetoric, claims Kiran Gill I recently wrote an assessment of Labour’s manifesto policies on education, and one of my marking criteria was on how well the party could shift the “narrative” of education. By narrative, I mean the stories

    17.00 May. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • UKIP pledges to open new grammar school 'in every town'

    UKIP has pledged to open a grammar school “in every town” after launching its general election 2017 manifesto today. The manifesto stated grammar schools boosted social mobility by giving “children from poorer backgrounds access to career paths they might have previously thought out of their reach”. To back this up, the party highlighted a statistic

    13.39 May. 25th, 2017 | News

  • Conservatives backtrack on £60m for primary school breakfasts

    The Conservative Party has admitted that a key manifesto commitment to provide breakfasts for every primary school pupil in England could cost far more than the £60 million initially promised. In a second embarrassing U-turn for the party following the debacle over its social care plans, the Conservatives now say the costs of providing breakfasts “will vary depending

    12.41 May. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Conservatives' free breakfast pledge 'costed at just 7p per meal'

    The Conservatives have set aside just under 7p per pupil for its manifesto pledge to give all primary school pupils free breakfasts, in what food experts have labelled a “black hole” in the government’s manifesto calculations. The party’s manifesto, launched last Thursday, scraps universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), which cost an estimated £600 million a

    15.53 May. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • Marking Labour's education manifesto: could do better...

    Labour’s manifesto shows that it wants to do an awful lot in education. But look for specifics and you’ll struggle, says Kiran Gill If the polls are to be believed (even if they are not to be believed) the Labour manifesto is unlikely to be implemented next parliament. So I assessed it against some different

    5.00 May. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Fee forgiveness is welcome but Tories are unforgivably silent on pay

    The authors of the Conservative education manifesto clearly spent a great deal of time and trouble choosing their words very, very carefully. First, I want to see the evidence that supports the claim in the manifesto that ‘contrary to what some people allege, official research shows that slightly more children from ordinary, working class families

    17.02 May. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 'Mixed bag' Conservative manifesto has surprises and threats

    Coming last in the publication of your manifesto has its advantages. Other parties have shown their hand. You can tweak your messaging accordingly, exploiting the weaknesses of your opponents. After school funding pledges from Labour and the Liberal Democrats, many school leaders were keen to see if the Conservatives would deliver. We’ve been clear for

    16.15 May. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • The Conservative manifesto is about making schools easier to control

    This manifesto is essentially about making schools cheaper to run and easier to control. The only saving grace is there’s no target on grammar schools. Let’s run through the problems we have in education, then I shall explain why. First, we are halfway through moving from a local authority-led system to a MAT-led system. The

    15.40 May. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Conservative Schools Pledges 2017: The Nerdy Details Guide

    The Conservative Party’s manifesto has been launched by the prime minister Theresa May in Halifax, West Yorkshire today. The 84-page document sets out the party’s vision for the next parliament, including what it will do for education. Here is our analysis of all the schools policies in the manifesto… More good school places 1. Build 100

    14.39 May. 18th, 2017 | News

  • The Tories have scored an own goal on universal free school meals

    There is a strange sense of relief in hearing a policy you have criticised for years finally be scrapped. I have long since argued against universal free school meals, for many reasons. But the Tories may come to regret the manner in which they have ended this policy. Make no mistake. The policy remains a

    13.24 May. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Conservative manifesto confirms grammar schools commitment

    The Conservative Party has confirmed plans to lift the ban on new grammar schools in its manifesto, a move which will guarantee the policy will go ahead if they win the election. The document also confirms several other proposals from the ‘Schools That Work for Everyone’ consultation last year, including a condition for universities which

    12.25 May. 18th, 2017 | News