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Tuesday 10 July 2012

The “free” school debate – perspectives

Historian and “social commentator” Niall Ferguson placed education, and the balance between state and non-state control, at the centre of his most recent lecture on Civil and Uncivil Society. Listen to the programme or read the transcript here: The flip-side to Ferguson’s bold view is expressed in The Guardian – And here is […]

Thursday 14 June 2012

Choose your husband with care

The chief executive of the Girl’s Day School Trust (GDST) has argued that girls need to learn to choose a partner carefully. She said that female pupils must learn to find a man that not only helps around the home but would also be a “cheerleader” for their career. The former managing director of Penguin […]

Wednesday 30 May 2012

New start for “vocational” schools

Pupils will be given the chance to transfer to a generation of new technical colleges at the age of 14 to train in subjects such as engineering, manufacturing, construction, business and computer science. The schools – sponsored by companies such as British Airways, Ford, Warner Brothers, Balfour Beatty and Jaguar Land Rover – will aim […]

Monday 26 March 2012

One in seven miss first choice school

About one in seven pupils in England have not got into their first-choice secondary school, official data shows. The latest government statistics reveal that 74,000 – or 14.7% – of 11-year-olds failed to get a place in their preferred school. Overall, 4.1% did not get an offer from any of their top three schools. This […]

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica “out of print”.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, in print for 244, is to stop publishing its 32-volume print edition to focus on its digital efforts. The rise of the internet decimated sales of Britannica. From a peak of 120,000 sets sold in 1990, sales fell sharply, with just 8,500 sets of the 2010 edition shipped (FT, 14TH March 2012). […]

Friday 24 February 2012

The end of exam grade inflation?

GCSEs in four key subjects are to be made tougher. Exams watchdog Ofqual wants changes to English literature, maths, history and geography GCSEs to ensure students cover the full breadth of the subjects. Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested some GCSEs can be passed with too narrow a grasp of the subject. This change comes […]