A Level reform: Gove’s lasting legacy

With A Level results out tomorrow, now is a timely opportunity to take stock of Michael Gove’s 2014 reforms and look at the extent to which they have begun to affect the pupils that have taken their exams under the new system. This year’s results will be interesting for two reasons. Firstly, they will serveRead more

Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Mental health: Keeping the future in mind

The public’s understanding of, and interest in, mental health has never been greater, something to be encouraged and acted upon. However, awareness doesn’t necessarily translate into the concrete policy change needed to improve such vital services. This week is Mental Health Awareness week, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progressRead more

What to expect from stage 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

“The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots,” George Orwell. In Autumn 2015 I attended a meeting with then Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and a coalition of charity representatives. There, the Minister told attendees that if the upcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy delivered ‘everything but’ a sugar tax,Read more

Pandora’s Box? The independent review of post-18 education and funding

A mere six weeks ago the government launched its ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan to much fanfare, as a means of giving the Conservative Party a ‘caring’ rebrand. The Prime Minister said in no uncertain terms that the next generation will enjoy “a healthy and beautiful natural environment which we can all enjoy…[and] this planRead more

Careers advice: for life, not just Christmas

Perverse incentives Since the universal Careers Service was established in the Employment and Training Act (1973), successive governments’ policies on careers advice have undergone several reforms. Fundamental to each has been the ambition to overcome the divide between academic and vocational education, dispelling the myth that academic education is suitable for all. The basic modelRead more

Education recruitment – a lesson in political risk

Recent months have seen a surge in investor interest in the education recruitment sector, with several big names on the market. The Department for Education has acknowledged that recruitment remains a significant challenge for schools. Or rather, it has been forced to acknowledge this, with stakeholders across the education sector, including the House of CommonsRead more