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Teaching children to uphold British values is at the head of parties’ agenda. Boy with Union Jack cap via Funny Solution Studio/www.shutterstock.com

The spectre of ‘British values’ and education policy

The Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools last year has left an indelible mark on the education system and the ensuing debate on the need for schools to uphold “British values” has infused parties…
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Is it really worth investing in smaller primary school classes?

Ed Miliband’s pledge that Labour, if elected, would limit school classes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 pupils reignites a core question about how best to spend money to improve education. In…
Labour’s Tristram Hunt has come under fire for suggesting nuns are not good teachers. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Faith schools are not brimming with unqualified teachers

On BBC Question Time on February 5, Labour’s shadow education minister Tristram Hunt made a remark appearing to link weak, unqualified teachers to religious education, specifically Catholic schooling provided…
Lining up to take stock at the election approaches. Tim Ireland/PA Archive

Have we devolved too much responsibility for our schools?

The thorny issue of what democracy is, what it’s not and whether it is an appropriate system for government has been at the top of the agenda at the start of 2015. At the same time, we are in the lead-up…
It’s been a tough year for Birmingham’s schools. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Trojan Horse ‘plot’ exposed a fragmented education system

Any review of 2014 in education must examine a Trojan Horse bearing “British values”. The scandal that broke in April centred on the investigation of 21 Birmingham schools suspected of being involved in…
The headmaster of Tristram Hunt’s former school in Hampstead has given him a telling off. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Labour’s attack on tax breaks for private schools is timely

The furore over the suggestion by shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt that private schools need to contribute more to state education or face the removal of their tax breaks has been predictable…
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What can defuse the student loan time bomb?

According to a new pamphlet issued by the Social Market Foundation, “the Tories’ student loan system that finances our universities, voted through by the Lib Dems, is a timebomb waiting to go off”. The…

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