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Today the Chancellor delivered his 2013 Autumn statement. Contained within the announced measures were several that, taken together, serve as a refresher of the coalition’s approach to tackling youth unemployment. Since youth worklessness and NEET-hood remains dizzyingly high in the … Continue reading

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Every three years the education world is thrown into turmoil as the media report findings from the latest PISA study. This time is no different, with reports that England is ‘lagging dramatically behind’ other countries and calls to align our … Continue reading

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Until now, Dominic Cummings has been little known outside Westminster, where he is spoken of as a brilliant, mercurial and Svengali-like special adviser to Michael Gove. But the engineered leak of his departing advice to his minister – an extended … Continue reading

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While Ed Miliband dominated the conference season, Labour was exposed on one critical area of policy: education. Hemmed in by internal debates, Labour has failed to project a clear and compelling agenda on what was once its signature policy issue. … Continue reading

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Imagine that, instead of a letter from an admissions tutor offering you at a place at university on condition that you achieved certain grades at A-level, you got this in the post: ‘[This university] … offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … Continue reading

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There is now a strong, cross-party consensus on the importance of apprenticeships. Rescued from near death in the mid-1990s and expanded under recent governments, apprenticeship places are now much more widely available in our economy. Despite this success, however, British … Continue reading

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Is it possible to be family-friendly but unfriendly to women? Tomorrow, Nick Clegg will announce that the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, as signalled in the Queen’s speech earlier this year. This is good … Continue reading

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From September 2014, primary schools will have to teach a foreign language to pupils in key stage 2 (7–11 year olds). Many already teach foreign languages, in part because of the last Labour government’s decision to introduce an entitlement to … Continue reading

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Today has seen two important announcements on childcare and early years learning: the final report of the Nutbrown Review of early learning and childcare qualifications and the establishment by Number 10 of an Affordable Childcare Commission. These are both welcome … Continue reading

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Thousands of pupils and parents are anxiously waiting for GCSE results, this week. Many parents will have invested hundreds of pounds on ‘topping-up’ their children’s schooling with private tutoring, while others will not have even considered supplementing the work their … Continue reading

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