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.
Instead of a Conservative housing policy that emphasises home ownership and architectural beauty, it will now be done the Labour way. When tower blocks start rising over the Home Counties, I hope that our remaining MPs realise their mistake.
Ministers can do more now to further embed successful reforms and make our schools even stronger: by getting more into great trusts, and signing off another wave of free schools where they can shake things up.
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 twenty-second article in a new series on ConHome about how government might be made smaller, taxpayers better off and and society stronger – through strong families, better schools and good jobs.
We need to give more time and resource to those bringing up children. Such parents need a much better package from the state to look after a baby in the first year of its life.
I would break this down into three broad and interconnected areas. How do we improve accountability? How do we embrace new technology? And how do we allocate resources more effectively?
Sunak and Truss are indicative of an educational world divided between private schools and state comprehensives. Grammars can play a role alongside Gove’s reforms in ending that dichotomy.
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.
Uniform status and mandatory hours seem like a step away from the animating spirit of free schools.
The Government gains from her making a Tory case on disparities, which too few of her colleagues are willing to do.
It’s hard work, but the progressive ideology has not gone away. It would be a tragedy for future generations if we gave in and settled for an easier life.
She is among a tiny handful of people who have actually made an impact on the problem. Her school Michaela is a beacon of hope.
It’s partnered with a Blackburn-based educational trust responsible for the running of 30 free schools and academies.