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Teachers as heroes


It’s Parliamentary recess, but recess isn’t time off: it’s time to catch up and to work in the Constituency, carrying out all those visits which simply aren’t possible when Parliament is sitting four days a week. One of the greatest privileges I have as MP for Wycombe is visiting our schools. In the past week, I have been to Highcrest, Cressex and a nearby school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. My overriding impression is the dedication of teachers […]

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Telegraph: “Middle class to lose its grip on best state schools”


I’m sure this will attract a mixed reaction: The Coalition is planning to allow hundreds of secondary schools to control their own entry policies and Michael Gove warmly praised the system, which allocates places according to academic ability and reserves many places for children with the weakest performance. “Fair-banding” admissions schemes are often seen as a way of breaking the middle-class dominance in the best-performing state secondaries since they prevent affluent parents from monopolising places by paying a premium to […]

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Cressex Community School visit


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Last Friday, I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Cressex Community School. In recent weeks, it has created local history by becoming the first state-maintained Trust School in Buckinghamshire and one of the first Cooperative Trust schools in England. Co-operatives have a fundamental role in creating a supply-side revolution in the education system. For far too long we have been told by government what we should want and how we should receive it. Those days are thankfully […]

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