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Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

A study last week has claimed that social background has more bearing on whether you go to an elite university than which school you go to – especially when comparing state schools. The research from the 1970 British Cohort Study found that when you compare pupils from similar social backgrounds grammar schools offered no advantage…

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Skill-up the workforce of the future

Skill-up the workforce of the future

In its annual report, published this week, Ofsted said more apprenticeships are urgently needed to meet the needs of the economy. This is something I have been calling on for years. Apprenticeships are vital for the economy and also better fit the vast majority of students. We have become degree obsessed when most young people do…

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Get education done

Get education done

As we leave 2019 behind and all the political uncertainty of the past three years I am hopeful that the new year could hold real promise for education. For someone like me who has backed the changes to the curriculum, supports testing and schools being held to account and believes in selective and specialist state…

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