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An empty blackboard

Plenty of consulting but hardly any answers from the education department

Do you, as a taxpayer, want to know exactly how much individual free schools have cost you over recent years, given that this is a flagship government education policy that seems likely to feature in the Conservatives’ manifesto?


Education graphic

Case throws up big questions about oversight in academy schools

The oversight of thousands of publicly-funded academy schools, which once operated under the auspices of their local authorities but are now subject to semi-private management by charitable trusts, is a mess.


Female teacher and girl

Education policy failures should be easy targets for opponents

Just over a year ago, I met someone who until recently had been at the heart of government policymaking on education.


Children in school playground