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I was reading Shot By Both Sides, the blog of the estimable Kerry McCarthy.  She wrote about a motion that the Youth Parliament should be allowed to use the Commons chamber for a debate during recess.  The Youth Parliament is allowed to use the Lords, and they were trying to get the same access to the...

I'm currently researching the Health in Pregnancy grant for a debate piece in the mag next week, and I came across the committee stage debate on the Health and Social Care Bill which was the legislation that introduced the grant.  I just had to share the opinion of Anne Milton, Tory MP for Guildford....

When I read about the school that had bought an aeroplane to use as a classroom I did think maybe it was an April Fool a day early, but someone's gone to a lot of trouble faking photos if that is the case. What I love about this story is that it was all down to consulting the children. Teachers asked...

The annual debate around exam standards is coming round again, so Ofqual have got in first by announcing that some aspects of GCSE Science really do seem to be dumbing down.  One of the questions deemed too easy to ask pupils (GCSE Science Edexcel, 2006) and widely quoted went as follows: Many people...

ContactPoint, the joined up, high-tech and secure communications system for Children's Services has gone awol, presumably in a bit of a technical huff. Just days ago, the new database was roundly condemned by the Rowntree foundation for failing to address data collation ethical issues. National safeguarding...

Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, wants 4,000 teenage apprentices for roles as teaching assistants in schools.  Jobs like lab technicians, cooks and ground staff could be held by 16 year olds.  However the department has stressed that 16 year olds will not be expected to work with 17 year old pupils. ...

Bless the Association of Principal Youth and Community Officers, or Apyco as it was wont to be called, pronounced App-ee-co. It has just changed its name to the Confederation of Heads of Young Peoples Services, or Chyps, pronounced chips, as everyone but the organisation itself will be calling it from...

He is the former disgraced minister jailed for perjury, I know. But in my eyes, he's actually a bit of an inspiration. And I'd never have imagined I'd be ever saying that a few years ago. Jonathan Aitken, the politician who famously "lied and lied and lied" this week released his report Locked Up Potential on...

So I was watching the BBC's breakfast news this morning and there was a story on school caterers complaining that new nutritional standards were not going to allow them to offer students enough choice. The way the guy being interviewed was talking I assumed children would be faced with just one set meal...

Earlier this week Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer, proposed a minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit.  Not the first well intentioned but ultimately wrong-headed proposal to emanate from Mr Donaldson, this idea completely misses the point.  The binge drinking epidemic that blights our towns...