David Cameron is set to threaten 3,500 schools assessed as “requiring improvement” with the replacement of their headteachers or their whole governing body — with the schools in question being taken over by an academy trust. With the PM due to make a speech on the issue later today, education secretary Nicky Morgan tells the BBC: “one of […]

One of the Tories’ flagship Free Schools is almost certain to go to the wall — losing its government funding after being put into special measures following a damning Ofsted report. Here’s what Michael Gove had to say about the school back in September 2013: Grahame Morris MP: It has been reported that the Durham free school […]

It seems that Tory-supporting technologist James Dyson is upset about the home secretary’s UKIP-inspired plans to ramp down on the number of foreign students: “Theresa May’s latest ploy to swing voters concerned about immigration magnifies my worry: she wants to exile foreign students upon qualification from British universities. This is the same James Dyson that, four […]

Tristram Hunt. Tristram Hunt. Tristram Hunt. With Labour warning 1,250 private schools that £147m in tax breaks could be under threat unless they do more to help the state sector, the head of the independent schools’ lobby, Charlotte Vere has been all over the media, parroting the Tories’ personalised attack lines against the shadow education secretary: “He doesn’t understand the […]

With A-level grades dropping for the first time in over 30 years, the mainstream media seem to have missed an even bigger story: the almost complete absence of male entrants for the qualifications. The creators of the (now retired) Sexy A-Levels Tumblr have previously set out the magic formula for picture agencies and newspaper picture desks: “The Platonic ideal […]

Rupert Murdoch’s written evidence to the Leveson Inquiry reveals that News International planned to launch a Free School with the support of Michael Gove. The documents reveal Murdoch planned to discuss founding the school with Gove after News International’s plans to fund an Academy in East London fell through against a backdrop of protest. Opposition to […]

As reported elsewhere, tourists were evacuated as Italian students protesting against education reforms blockaded the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum in Rome. Where the British smash up a reception and graffiti a police van, our cultured continental counterparts occupy world heritage sites. Are we the Unibond Premier Division of protest to their Serie A? Scrapbook has tracked down […]

This is the true face of student protest: a schoolgirl – among tens of thousands that hit the streets yesterday to voice their anger against a massive hike in the cost of higher education – protecting a police van from a small minority wanting to “f**k shit up”. Likewise student Zoe Williams, who remonstrated with troublemakers while telling journalists: “It’s about […]

What you didn’t see on Sky News’ near-hysterical coverage yesterday: the preponderance of genuine (and peaceful) student protesters at Millbank Tower booing the idiot who had just thrown threw a fire extinguisher from the top of the building. The assembled mass then break out into a chorus shouting: “Stop throwing sh**! Stop throwing sh**!” – […]