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Why Gove Can't Have It All Ways on Free Schools -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Oh 2010, how long ago you seem. Back then Edu Secretary, Michael Gove, was forever exclaiming the virtues of his ‘Free Schools’ policy. It would unleash innovation, usher in a parental ‘big society’, and end the many (arguably media-created) ‘woes’ of state schools. Gove was so convinced free schools were the answer to a ‘crisis’...
Interactive Map! What's the % of Unpaid School Attendance Fines in Your Area? -
By Policy Development Partner, Laura McInerney In 2013, Kent LEA issued 3,994 penalty notices for parents of children with poor school attendance. In the same year, Thurrock reportedly issued none. Likewise, Warrington, Buckinghamshire, Sunderland, Rotherham and Southwark apparently didn't write up a single parent for their child's persistent absence. Though those areas...
The Problem of the Free Schools & Academies "Inquiry" -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Today saw the 3rd Education Select Committee in the 'Free School & Academies Inquiry'.Several sessions are planned, and today's had a fascinating guest list: support for academies came from 'free market' advocate Gabriel Sahlgren an headteacher Dame Sally Coates, dissenting views from Henry Stewart of the Local Schools...
'Character Education' needs to be Lived not Taught -
By Loic Menzies - LKMco Director In his blog Cultivating Character? Yes. Teaching Character? No, No, No! Robert Peal argues that Tristram Hunt's attempt to promote 'character education' misfires because, valuable though it is, character is best learned when it's not taught.  His piece reminded me of the following article I wrote in 2010 for "The Citizenship...

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