The debate on social mobility in this leadership contest should be more wide-ranging than a myopic focus on lifting the ban on a particular kind of school.
Getting more A* students to Oxbridge or building more technical colleges is not equal to the task of poor quality degrees, cancel culture, and pointless student debt.
For most of us, the best interests of the overwhelming majority takes precedence over what may erroneously be construed as in the best interest of a few disruptive individuals.
Conservatives cannot afford to cede the initiative to Labour’s short-sighted politics of spite.
I gave Johnson the night and was incredibly conflicted, still wanting to safeguard the interests of young people and not add to the chaos. But I came to the conclusion the next day that I had to go for the good of the country.
The backlash against the Schools Bill is just the latest sign that we have let schools slip off the Conservative agenda.
Undoing the good work of dismantling Labour’s quangos, only to create another one, five times as big, in the Education Endowment Foundation, is plain old-fashioned folly.
The Education Secretary highlights his desire to ensure everyone has the skills and opportunities to follow his journey from being a refugee to the Cabinet.
The Government now intends to remove the first 18 clauses of its own legislation and present the Commons with new ones in the autumn.
Parents are becoming more and more reliant on schools – and the state – to play the role of mum and dad.
This is too important an issue for too many people for ‘the optics of a fight with Labour’ to be the primary motivation.
It marks a shift from his original vision, which placed a much greater emphasis on individual schools having the freedom to do their own thing.
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There is a lot of rhetoric about boosting vocational training, but we need to do more to deliver it in practice.
It means the high skilled, high paid jobs that local people want – with the training and qualifications they need to grab those opportunities.