Education Select Committee

Schools Are Local And Should Be Locally Accountable

John Tizard | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Over the summer there are have been many media articles and political interventions raising questions about the growth and increasing power of Multi-A...

PM Facing Tory Revolt Over Including Students In Migration Figures

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK

Theresa May faces fresh pressure to exempt foreign students from official migration figures, with a potential backbench Tory revolt on the issue next ...

Put Children First In The Quest To Improve Foster Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Barrow

Above all, be ambitious. Be as ambitious for children and young people in care as you would be for your own. Map the route from broken family home to high achievement in business, academia and the arts, and make recommendations that will bulldoze the road blocks along the way. Now that would be an inquiry worth waiting for.

Hard Brexit Would Be The 'Biggest Disaster In Years' For Universities, Say Academics

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A hard Brexit could cause the “biggest disaster” in higher education for many years, academics have warned MPs. Leading professors told the Educa...

Ofsted Criticism Shows Growing Importance of Anti-Radicalisation Provision for Our Young People

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Ofsted has received criticism from two committees of MPs this week, who have slammed its failure to highlight the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal and the 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, after allegations of attempted takeovers by individuals looking to impose a view of radical Islam on the students.

Scottish Independence and English Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Though it was not our past more recently England has concretised individualised, responses to social problems. None more so than the 'split off' way children's homes have been discussed with an attendant burgeoning policy framework that sees them as almost another country.

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.

Evidence Leads to Conclusions - Education Select Committee and Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

This is an inquiry report in which children's homes will feel listened to and that is a very major step to healing the hurt that has been done to the sector. Whereas previous reports and discussions have included many extrapolations and interpretations of evidence here we have the transparency the sector has been seeking: evidence leads to conclusions.

Empathy Not Rhetoric Needed to Address the Reality of Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The gap between the rhetoric and the reality of Government proposals for children's homes is increasingly deep. I am increasingly at a loss to find a way to help Ministers find the empathy for the situation the sector now finds itself placed in. We need our Ministers to be role models of effective child care policy and practice, and essential for good residential child care is something called reflective practice.

Establishing the 'Hard Truths' About Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Chancellor George Osborne says that 2014 is the year of hard truths. We agree. It is time for hard truths about children's homes. It's time the Government, as Osborne said about Labour and economic strategy, 'was straight with people' about children's homes.

Should Michael Gove's Team Be Hauled Before MPs?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK Politics

A Labour MP has called for education secretary Michael Gove and his advisers to be hauled before a Commons select committee. Ian Mearns, a member o...

GCSE Re-Sit Results To Be Released

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of pupils across the UK will be experiencing a sickening sense of déjà vu as they prepare to receive their GCSE results for a second time ...

Will We See A Repeat Of The GCSE Fiasco?

PA | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of schools saw a large fall in the numbers of pupils scoring at least a C in GCSE English this year, heads said on Friday, as they warned tha...

GCSE Re-sits A 'Gross Injustice'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Headteachers said on Thursday the tens of thousands of students having to re-sit their GCSE English exam next month after a scandal which was not thei...

45,000 Pupils To Resit English GCSEs

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 45,000 pupils will resit their English GCSEs next month after a scandal over grades. About one in 14 who took the exam will resit, accord...

Lawyers Muscle In On GCSE Fiasco As Ofqual Vows To Fight

PA | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Lawyers for an education alliance taking action over the GCSE English fiasco are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss their next move. The meeting c...

Legal Action Over GCSEs Loom As Ofqual Vows To Defend Decisions

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Legal action over this summer's GCSE English exams has moved a step closer with exams regulator Ofqual vowing to "rigorously defend" its decisions. ...

'Stop Taking The Urgency Pills'

PA | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An influential Tory MP has launched a stinging attack on Michael Gove as he called on him to slow down the pace of his school reforms. Graham Stuar...

Is Ofqual Putting Statistics Before Students?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Ofqual has come under fire for its treatment of students who have been affected by the rise in GCSE grade boundaries, but its chief insisted curbing g...

Ofsted Chief Says All Teachers Should Be Qualified, Despite Gove's Free School Policy

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The new Ofsted chief has revealed he wants all teachers to be qualified - a stark contrast to education secretary Michael Gove's, who appears to sanct...

The Importance of Trust in our Education System

Stephen Twigg | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Twigg

Michael Gove is obsessed with a number of pet projects affecting a very small proportion of children in England. It is not good enough to offer an education system that focuses on the few, not the many.

Quarter Of Young People Scared They Won't Get A Job

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education

A quarter of young people think they will not be able to find a job, according to figures released on Tuesday. The survey's results are released ah...