Selective schooling is a regressive reform

Theresa May’s controversial decision to lift the ban on the opening of new grammar schools has been buoyed up by claims that selective school systems aid social mobility. In a country where privately educated young people consistently obtain a disproportionately high number of places at top universities compared to the state-educated majority, it is clear […]

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The Value of Art

Throughout school peers and some teachers never considered me as ‘intelligent’ as ‘brainy’ but I was ‘creative’, and ‘artistic’.  There’s no doubt this is a gender issue: where boys are more likely to be described as brainy and intellectual girls are creative and imaginative, and this division manifests in their subject choices and decisions. To […]

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Interview: Lord Adonis

Andrew Adonis is out to fix Britain’s failing comprehensives. The former Minister for Education is Labour to the core, a champion of Teach First, and the driving force behind academy schools. He is, in short, the living embodiment of Tony Blair’s old mantra, “education, education, education.” Hardly surprising, given his own decidedly unconventional background. Adonis’ life story reads like […]

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