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  1. August 21, 2014

    Proportion of high GCSE passes rises

    The proportion of teenagers achieving A*-C grades at GCSE has risen for the first time in three years, with just over...

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    Former City troubleshooter David Hoare to run Ofsted

    The appointment of David Hoare, the former City troubleshooter and trustee of the UK’s largest chain of academies, as the...

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  1. July 18, 2014

    The radical reformer felled by his imaginary Blob

    I am a child of the Blob. My mother was a teacher. I am biased but she was a good one; parents gave her fancy chocolates at...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Downing Street is more effective than you think

    Reshuffles entrance political junkies. But for Number 10 they are sheer agony. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sweated for hours...

  3. July 16, 2014

    CBI warns politicians not to rock the boat

    The head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned politicians not to wreck the country’s “best economic launch...

  4. July 16, 2014

    Cameron faces reproach and scorn over Gove’s demotion

    David Cameron faces growing recriminations over his cabinet shake-up, indicating that the reshuffle could store up trouble...

  5. Off Message

    July 16, 2014

    Michael Gove's unfinished revolution

    Shortly after Margaret Thatcher died, Chris Husbands wrote of her: She established more comprehensive schools than any other...

  6. July 15, 2014

    Cameron shuffles away from Europe

    Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

  7. July 15, 2014

    David Cameron injects new blood to revive Conservative party

    All Cabinet reshuffles are an exercise in political cosmetics, but seldom has a prime minister gone to such lengths to...

  8. July 15, 2014

    Reshuffle: Nicky Morgan expected to make peace with UK teachers

    Nicky Morgan, the incoming education secretary, will be expected to make peace with England’s teachers before the election,...

  9. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Cameron demotes Michael Gove to chief whip

    David Cameron has carried out a sweeping reshuffle to put his party on election footing, promoting the eurosceptic Philip...

  10. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

    Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

  11. Westminster Blog

    July 15, 2014

    Live Blog: Government reshuffle

    David Cameron is conducting the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as...

  12. July 14, 2014

    Butler-Sloss stands down after hasty appointment to abuse probe

    Lady Butler-Sloss, a retired judge appointed to probe allegations of child sex abuse by Westminster figures in the 1980s,...

  13. July 11, 2014

    Can books cross borders?

    Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from...

  14. July 11, 2014

    Sir Humphrey is a servant who behaves like a duke

    In David Cameron’s early weeks as prime minister, his office instructed civil servants to begin publishing detailed data on...

  15. July 9, 2014

    Sacking Sir Humphrey is not the answer

    What is the purpose of the British civil service? Should it exist simply to implement the will of elected politicians – a...

  16. June 27, 2014

    Culinary skills and other burning issues

    There are some advantages to having a son who does not cook. For one thing, our house remains largely intact. One reason we...

  17. June 16, 2014

    Supermac returns to haunt David Cameron

    David Cameron once said Harold Macmillan, the patrician Conservative prime minister from 1957-63, was his political hero....

  18. June 16, 2014

    A verbal assault that will hurt inside Downing Street

    Former government advisers with a specialism in school reform are not supposed to be this interesting. Dominic Cummings, who...

  19. June 16, 2014

    Former adviser to Michael Gove attacks ‘bumbling’ David Cameron

    Michael Gove, education secretary, has become embroiled in a fresh political dispute after his former special adviser...

  20. June 13, 2014

    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this what?

    Freedom, tolerance, the rule of law, personal liberty, respect for institutions: these are the “British values” that David...

  21. Off Message

    June 10, 2014

    British lessons with Michael Gove

    With the honourable exception of the pupils who have to take their GCSEs in a climate of ill-informed hysteria, there is...

  22. June 9, 2014

    Surprise checks on Ofsted agenda since 2007

    Downing Street’s suggestion that Ofsted should inspect schools without giving them advance notice is not a new one. The...

  23. June 9, 2014

    Parents fear effect on pupils during exams

    Pupils at Park View Academy, the Birmingham school at the centre of allegations of a hardline Islamic takeover, had to run...

  24. June 9, 2014

    There is more to British politics than base Tory plots

    Karl Popper believed a theory was worthless if any observable event could be said to prove it right. Hypotheses must be...

  25. June 9, 2014

    PM acts to contain UK schools extremism scandal

    David Cameron will later on Monday order a possible move to unannounced inspections for schools as he seeks to get a grip on...

  26. June 8, 2014

    Extremism feud undermines Cameron’s quiet achievement

    One of the quiet achievements of which David Cameron is most proud is the relative absence of feuds in the...

  27. June 7, 2014

    May aide quits as Gove apologises

    David Cameron has taken personal charge of dealing with “serious” allegations of extremism in Birmingham schools, on a day...

  28. June 6, 2014

    Michael Gove’s job in doubt after row with Theresa May

    David Cameron’s warning that he will “sort out” the sulphurous cabinet row over Islamic extremism has sent a frisson through...

  29. June 6, 2014

    A lesson for the education secretary

    Ever since the London bombings of July 2005, British governments have been understandably concerned by the need to combat...

  30. June 5, 2014

    Birmingham pupils ‘not protected from extremist views’

    A Birmingham school at the centre of a ministerial row over Islamic radicalism in state education has been put in special...

  31. June 4, 2014

    Feud between Michael Gove and Theresa May reaches tipping point

    The casus belli was alleged Islamic infiltration of Birmingham schools; but the spat between Michael Gove and Theresa May...

  32. June 4, 2014

    A coalition coming apart at the seams

    When British governments approach a general election they tend to lighten their legislative programme. The Queen’s Speech on...

  33. June 4, 2014

    May attacks Gove in spat over schools

    Tensions between Theresa May and Michael Gove have erupted with the home secretary raising concerns about her education...

  34. May 30, 2014

    Michael Gove’s Frightfully British Book Club

    Michael Gove has drawn flak for reforms to the GCSE English syllabus which may lead exam boards to weed out foreign texts...

  35. May 15, 2014

    Coalition fights ‘zombie government’ claims

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg negotiated a coalition agreement in five days and delivered most of it inside four years; but...

  36. May 11, 2014

    Coalition’s internal row escalates over cost of Gove’s free schools

    A senior Liberal Democrat has suggested that Michael Gove, education secretary, needs to be “reined back” and that his free...

  37. April 29, 2014

    Industry grows impatient as PF2’s teething problems persist

    PF2 was supposed to be the phoenix from the ashes of the much-criticised private finance initiative programme, under which...

  38. April 29, 2014

    Coalition boosts English schools building programme with £2bn

    Dilapidated schools across England will be able to apply for new funding to repair their crumbling premises, under a £2bn...

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