While the free school programme did much to inject fresh ideas and investment into the school system, it is a source of great sadness that the Catholic Church in England has not been able to take part in this flagship policy.
Prioritise sex over gender identity for safety and practical reasons, then have ministers publish guidance that is as black-and-white as possible, and prepare for the inevitable legal challenges.
The argument for mixed ability is based on sociology rather than analysis of intellectual development, and it does not work.
Couples are waiting later and later to have children due to the cost of living in many areas of the country – of which housing plays such a massive part. It is certainly encouraging to see action is being taken to reduce some barriers to building, but this should be done with more haste.
What is the point of giving power to local education authorities, academy trusts, and school governors of the Secretary of State is held responsible for every ill-maintained roof?
Our editor in conversation with Katy Balls and James Heale of the Spectator about schools, bubbly concrete and Gillian Keegan.
Stories like these aren’t designed for the public. Instead, they’re crafted by and for the people who consume news for a living. The jolly old game of electoral forecasting and political commentary has come to matter more than the impact of politics on voters.
A reduction in the number of classroom assistants would require teachers to adopt more traditional, front-of-class teaching methods that are the norm in most successful education systems around the world.
The Government is now trying to make T levels the main vocational alternative to A levels. It is not clear that they can take on such a big role.
Working will Gillian Keegan, we’re coordinating with the FA and schools to deliver – supported by over £600 million invested in PE and the School Sports Premium.
Both the wish to improve education and to offer more help to families require more public spending, not less. Such proposals only make sense if government is willing to be tougher in other areas.
The current Ofsted handbook has 459 paragraphs and is supplemented by 179 pages of government guidance on safeguarding – while the time for inspectors to check them has been reduced by over 90 per cent.
The educational benefits are well established. But progress will be derisory until the social worker veto is removed.