Politics
16 July 2001
This year, BBC Children in Need fell out of the top 100 charities in terms of income. In its place came Eton College,...
Society
18 June 2001
Future Labour historians may look back on the appointment of Charles Clarke as party chairman, in the post-election...
Politics
07 May 2001
The high-pitched cackling you hear in Britain's top universities this month is the sound of our poshest academics...
Politics
30 April 2001
The crisis in the countryside has been headline news for weeks, but have you heard the name Barry Leathwood? Probably...
Politics
02 April 2001
April 1 is supposed to be the day when Britain's education system catches up with the 21st century. The Learning and...
Politics
12 March 2001
The right to join a trade union, and the right to strike, are as fundamental as free speech. If you don't have them,...
Politics
19 February 2001
David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education, has written to me as follows: "My dear Francis, You were right...
Politics
16 October 2000
Before the 1997 election Tony Blair announced on television that, under Labour, Chris Woodhead would keep his job as...
Politics
02 October 2000
My friend Mary (not her real name, since few teachers like to be seen publicly criticising official policy nowadays) is...
Politics
24 July 2000
Three years ago, the government's school standards watchdog, Ofsted, inspected Birmingham's education authority. At the...
Politics
10 July 2000
Do you ever wonder what happened to those serious young men and women who used to debate Marxism as though it were a...
Books
12 June 2000
Professor James Tooley believes there is "no justification for state intervention in education, not in terms of...
Politics
22 May 2000
When the chief inspector of schools, Chris Woodhead, openly sneers at a cherished ministerial policy, it is a fair bet...
Politics
15 May 2000
Maybe Britain is going to change quite quickly from a class-ridden society where power, influence and wealth are passed...
Politics
24 April 2000
Every so often, you hear something that makes you despair. Here's something I heard the other day. A reporter called...

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