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Free Schools for the Future

N.B. The author is Tim Hewish – my Parliamentary Researcher — Steve Building on our visit to Durand Academy, I listened to Monday’s Today programme on Free Schools where the question posed was: How can the Government afford to hand out extra capital to Free Schools when the Department of Education has had cut backs? During the debate, Toby Young, founder of West London Free School, said that an average maintained school cost £36m for a four form school using […]

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Tim Hewish: Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures

N.B. The author is Tim Hewish – my Parliamentary Researcher — Steve My attention was recently drawn to the reduced £13 million funding for State initiatives to provide books to pre-schoolers in the form of Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up. I can sense the reactionary response: Why would any Government withdraw money for children’s books? However, as a first principle, that accepts the premise that it is the State’s obligation to offer a selection of books to infants. We should be […]

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ConservativeHome’s Platform: Michael Gove: The scale of our education challenge is so great that we need urgent reform. On every front.

Just before Christmas the most comprehensive survey of global educational achievement ever conducted showed that in the last ten years we have plummeted in the rankings: from 4th to 16th  for science, 7th to 25th for literacy and 8th to 28th for maths. In tests of mathematics, Chinese 15-year-olds are now more than two years ahead of 15-year-olds in this country. At the same time as we are falling behind other nations, the gap between the opportunities enjoyed by rich […]

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My reflections on our visit to Durand Academy

N.B. The author is Tim Hewish – my Parliamentary Researcher. We have just returned this afternoon having visited the Durand Academy in South London. Researchers spend much of their time reading and studying policy, some policies better than others, but we often do not get to see the practical implementations.Therefore, it was a privilege to see firsthand how the Academy system is flourishing under the stewardship of Director, Greg Martin. I was struck initially by the neighbourhood. Let’s not try […]

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Visited the Durand Academy this morning

This morning, I visited the Durand Academy with my researcher Tim, meeting the inspiring director, Greg Martin. Their philosophy is simple: At Durand we believe that where you send your child to school will be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Our commitment to you is that every child that comes through our doors, no matter what their background or ability, is given the very best start in life. There is much else to say: I have […]

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