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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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Tuition fees rise ‘vital for future’ says Wycombe MP Steve Baker


RAISING tuition fees is “a vital part of building a better future”, Wycombe MP Steve Baker has told students, ahead of Thursday’s vote in the House of Commons. Buckinghamshire’s MPs, all Conservative, look set to back the Government’s controversial policy on higher education. via Tuition fees rise ‘vital for future’ says Wycombe MP Steve Baker as Bucks MPs set for Thursday’s vote in the House of Commons. (From Bucks Free Press).

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A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning – Disraeli


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Reaction to the Government’s higher education reforms really got under the skin of my researcher, Tim Hewish, who launched into a passionate defence of the Government’s direction of travel. I asked him to write this post… — Steve Much has been said about the Browne Report on Higher Education and the subsequent Government response. Most falls into the category of diatribe and the rest is often socialist, reactionary non-thinking. The Government’s statement was sound. The reforms will actually help bright […]

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Education: a revolutionary act


In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell

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