Political Education: It May Sound Dull, But We Need It Now

Politics. It’s a word which can make people cringe with horror, or cause their eyes to glaze over at its mere sound. For many people, it conjures up images of dull, middle-class men in grey suits sitting at long table debating the finer details of agricultural policy in Herefordshire while sipping taxpayer-funded champagne and nibbling … More Political Education: It May Sound Dull, But We Need It Now

Education, Education, Education: Aspiration Tax

Tuition fees do not help fund higher education – they are a punitive tax on aspiration The Genesis of Tuition Fees   It is a fundamental principle of socialism that education should be provided equally and freely to all. It is a fundamental principle of neoliberalism that aspiration should not be taxed. And yet the Labour … More Education, Education, Education: Aspiration Tax

Education, Education, Education – Part Two: Take It On Faith

  As will be news to absolutely no-one paying the slightest bit of attention to the universe, a number of schools in Birmingham have recently been criticised by Ofsted for enforcing a conservative Islamic curriculum and creating a ‘culture of fear and intimidation’. Five schools, out of 21 which were subjected to snap inspections, have … More Education, Education, Education – Part Two: Take It On Faith

Education, Education, Education – Part One: Who Rules the Schools?

  When the Blair government created the Academy Programme in 2000, their intention was to lift the performance of failing schools in deprived areas to match the standards of more affluent areas. As of May 2010, and the end of New Labour’s tenure, there were 203 academies in England (devolved authorities not having implemented the … More Education, Education, Education – Part One: Who Rules the Schools?