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Social mobility and selection do not mix

By John Freeman |

04 May 2017

Hard on the heels of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report The State of Child Health, which showed the strong links between poverty and poor health outcomes, the Social Mobility Commission has done the same for education with low-income pupils' progress at secondary school.

School inclusion best for struggling pupils

By Derren Hayes |

11 April 2017

Department for Education data shows permanent exclusions in state-funded schools rose from 4,950 to 5,800 in 2014/15.

Creating a country that works for all children

By Anna Feuchtwang |

11 April 2017

When Theresa May became Prime Minister she promised that the UK would be a "country that works for everyone". It's a wonderful and bold aspiration.

Life skills matter. Just ask the 11,000 or so young people who just voted in our Youth Cabinet elections.

Be bold and make youth custody education-focused

By Howard Williamson |

14 March 2017

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has, in recent weeks, made a sweeping range of decisions in relation to the prison system.

Education system set up to 'manage out' pupils in need

By Derren Hayes |

14 February 2017

From September, the education services grant (ESG), used by councils to fund school-based additional learning support for disadvantaged groups of pupils, will be scrapped.

Education system is failing to help all children prosper

By Howard Williamson |

16 August 2016

There is a great deal of discussion about intergenerational relationships, generational (lack of) transfer of resources, and the penalties and price the younger generation is paying and will continue to pay for the benefits and indulgences of the "golden" post-war generation that is now in or approaching retirement.

Usually during the summer while schools are on holiday, public life tends to go into warm-weather hibernation.

The new broom that has swept through Westminster over the past week presents an opportunity for much-needed changes to education policy.