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West London Education Question Time

Why are teachers striking? Is OFSTED a political tool? Do we need SATs? Why is there a shortage of school places? Are standards falling in our schools? 7pm, WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY 2014

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Growing problems with the Academies programme

If you listen to Michael Gove and some of the press you would think that the Academy programme has been an unbridled success. Yet the reality is that there is not a month that goes by without more problems hitting Academies and ‘Free’ Schools. We list just some of the recent problems.

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Campaigning for Education: Academies, Free schools and privatisation – Gove’s reforms in trouble

Saturday 25th January, 1-4pm, Central London
Guest Speakers include: Christine Blower, general secretary NUT, Rob Kelsall, NAHT (personal capacity), Parent campaigners from victorious Save Snaresbrook School campaign

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Fool’s Gold: the ‘Free’ Schools experiment unravels

From the outset education campaigners argued that ‘Free’ schools were a potentially devastating development. Now that ‘free’ schools have existed for a couple of years the gloss is starting to come off Gove’s shiny new toy. This article looks at the developments in the ‘free’ schools.

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DfE admits no basis to Gove claim

Do we have a Secretary of State who simply invents statistics off the top of his head? Janet Downs has previously documented his use of dodgy surveys and his claim to have visited schools that simply don’t exist. The DfE has now confirmed another case of him making up statements.

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