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As of August 2016 all links on this page will be presented firstly in chronological order  and secondly allocated to the categories listed below. I shall update this page fairly regularly

 

 
 

Related Link: Coalition Education Policies 2010-15

The following links are taken mainly to the websites of the Times Educational Supplement, the Guardian Education Section , the BBC , Schools Week and the Local Schools Network . You may find Warwick Mansell's Guardian articles particularly useful

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This list of links has already lengthened considerably and in the hope of making the page more "user friendly" I have retained  the chronological list but  have also now allocated all of the links to the categories listed below.

 Nevertheless I think  that I should warn students against spending too much time on what is a relatively small albeit important element in the new Advanced Level Sociology Specifications . Your teachers will no doubt provide excellent information and guidance as to appropriate time allocation but I hope that once you  have covered the requisite textbook materials you might find it useful to look occasionally at a few of the links provided here in order to update your materials on this sub-topic. 

These links are presented firstly in chronological order but readers may also use the following links to find the same information categorised under the following headings.

 

CHRONOLOGICAL LINKS

March 2017

OFSTED Chief on Grammar Schools and Social Mobility [TES]

The Gaming of League Tables [Guardian]

The Gaming of League Tables [From TES January 2017]

Impact of 2017 Budget

2017 Budget and Vocational Education

Click here for Selective Comprehensives [Sutton Trust Report]

Click here for TES article on above report

Click here for recent Guardian article in support of selection

Click here for BBC coverage of most recent education policy plans. [Article also has links to the "grammar school debate"]

Click here critical assessment of selection by Professor Simon Burgess [from The Conversation]

Click here for a critical assessment of selective education by Simon Jenkins. [The Guardian]

 

February 2017

Higher Education Applications

Higher Education and Private Schools

Bristol University Changes to admissions policy

Degree apprenticeships "on verge of significant success"

January 2017

School Funding Crisis

Apprenticeship Targets "Poor Value for Money" says IFS

 

December

Bristol University Changes to admissions policy

PISA test results [BBC]

PISA test results [Schools Week]

Grammar Schools and Disabled Students [Guardian]

Faith Schools [BBC]

November

Grammar Schools [Education Select Committee evidence session: video]

Apprenticeships [BBC]

October 2016

Click here for BBC coverage of scrapped Education Bill including Academy conversion plans

Click here for Guardian coverage of scrapped Education Bill including Academy conversion plans

Click here for Estelle Morris on Comprehensive Education

Click here for important analysis of Secondary Modern Schools

Click here for the Guardian vies of A Level Changes [Archaeology, History of Art, Classical Civilisation]

Click here for abandoning of Year 7 Maths and reading resits [Schools Week]

Click here for  Justine Greening's Conservative Party conference Speech

September 2016

Click here for report on Grammar Schools from Education Policy Institute

Click here for summary of above report [Schools Week]

Click here for summary of above report [Buzzfeed]

Click here for summary of above report [Guardian]

Click here for report on possibility of selective academies [BBC]

Click here for research brief on Grammar Schools [education datalab]

Click here for Faith Schools [BBC]

Click here for Faith Schools [New Statesman]

Click here for Faith Schools [House of Commons]

Click here for Grammar Schools [The Conversation]

Click here for Grammar Schools and social mobility [The Conversation]

Click here for Schools Week on Grammar Schools

Click here for Private Schools and Grammar Schools [Observer]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Schools Week]]

Click here for Grammar Schools [BBC]

Click here for Grammar Schools [Nicky Morgan Facebook]

Click here for Schools Week coverage of Schools that work for everyone

Click here for Government Consultation Document [Green Paper] : Schools that work for everyone

 

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian]

Click here for PM. May's full speech on Education [YouTube]

AUGUST 2016

Click here for item on graduate employment prospects [Cambridge Assessment]

Click here for Student regrets about attending University [Guardian}

Click here for abolition of Student Maintenance Grants [Guardian]

Click here for Apprenticeships [Guardian]

Click here for Multi-Academy Trusts [Guardian]

Click here for Sir Michael Wilshaw on Grammar Schools [Schools Week]

Click here for higher Higher Education Tuition Fees [BBC}

Click here  and follow links for media coverage A Level Results and here for  GCSE  Results 2016

Click here for Guardian article by Richard Adams on Progress 8 and GCSEs

Click here for Guardian article on graduate employment prospects

Click here for Guardian article by Frances Ryan on Grammar Schools

Click here for article on Grammar Schools by Melissa Benn

Click here for Schools Week on Grammar Schools

Click here for Guardian on Grammar Schools

JULY 2016

 

Click here for Schools Week article on academy trust problems 

Click here for Schools Week article on investigation of multi-academy trusts

Click here for BBC item on possible return of grammar schools

Click here for Guardian item on possible return of grammar schools

Click here for BBC item on return of grammar schools

Click here for BBC item on assessment of grammar schools

Click here for advice to Justine Greening from The Conversation

Click here for Independent article calling for resignation of Nicky Morgan

Click here for Schools Week article on Sats Results

Click here for BBC article on Sats results

Click here for Schools Week article on Ebacc and the decline of D and T

Click here for BBC article on Academy Trusts and Councils

Click here for TES article on Adult Education

JUNE 2016

Click here for article on Academies and Business June

Amanda Spielman named new Ofsted Chief Inspector June

Return of national tests for 14 year olds? June

Academy Conversions June

Getting rid of parent governors is a mistake June

MAY 2016

Click here for mistaken publication online of SATs question papers and answers May

Click here for most recent DfE data on numbers of academies and free schools as at April 2016 May

Click here for further analysis of current policy on academisation [from Centre Forum] May

Click here  and here for reports of U turn on academisation and Queen's Speech May

APRIL 2016

Click here for Guardian article suggesting compulsory academisation will be dropped from Queen's Speech April

Click here for BBC coverage of scrapping of primary school spelling test April

Click here for BBC coverage of alleged administrative problems at the DFE April

Click here for Guardian article [Aditya Chakraborrty] on graduates, high debt and low pay April

Click here for Guardian article {Laura McInerney] on academisation and lack of accountability April

Click here for primary school allocation and inequality of opportunity [BBC coverage of Teach First survey] April

Click here for Full Fact assessment of Academy effectiveness April

Click here for BBC coverage of popular schools and over-subscription criteria April

Click here for Guardian article [Mary O'Hara] on underfunding of education April

Click here for Guardian article on scrapping of baseline tests for 4 year olds April 

MARCH 2016

Click here for article by Peter Wilby on compulsory academisation March 23rd

Click here for article by Jonathan MS Pearce on academisation March 23rd

Click here for article on compulsory academisation by  Andrew Eyles and Steve Machin March 17th

Click here for London Review of Books article By Dawn Evans on free schools and academies March 17th

Click here for Guardian article on compulsory academisation March 17th

Click here and here for BBC coverage of compulsory academisation March 17th

Click here for Schoolsweek article by Laura McInerney ion the nature of academies March 17th

Click here for a teacher's criticism of new primary assessment materials March 13th

Click here for Guardian article by John Goldthorpe on education and social mobility March 13th  

Click here for Guardian coverage of John Goldthorpe's  upcoming  lecture on education and social mobility March 13th

FEBRUARY 2016

Click here for BBC coverage and here and here for Guardian coverage of plans to improve access to Higher Education. February 13th

Click here for BBC coverage of OFSTED criticisms of E-ACT academies chain February 11th

Click here for BBC coverage and here for Guardian coverage of OFSTED criticisms of AET academies chain February 11th

JANUARY 2016

Click here for speech by Sir Michael Wilshaw: Ambitions for English Education: Video] January 24th

Click here for Guardian coverage of above speech January 24th

Click here for Guardian article: England schools :10,000 sidelined due to league table pressure January 21st

Click here for DfE publication; Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England 2014-15 [DFE] January 21st

Click here for Guardian coverage of  DfE publication of revised GCSE results. January 21st

Click here for TES article: Number of secondary schools missing GCSE floor target falls January 21st

Click here for BBC item: Future changes to School league Tables January 21st

Click here for BBC item: School league tables explained January 20th

Click here for BBC coverage of Academy scrutiny weaknesses January 19th

Click here for BBC coverage of Labour challenge to ending of student maintenance grants January 19th

Click here for Observer coverage of ending of student maintenance grants January 16th

Click here for Guardian coverage of House of Commons ending of student maintenance grants January 13th 2016

Click here for BBC item on student nurses' and midwives' protest against grant cuts January 9th 2016

Click here for Guardian coverage of new requirement that pupils know times tables by age 11 January 3rd 2016

Click here for UCAS Report on Access to HE by Ethnicity, Gender, FSM Eligibility December 17th

Click here for summary, [inc.link to the full research paper], of research from University of Manchester on Children and the Bedroom Tax. December17th

Click here for BBC coverage of call for council-run schools to sponsor academies November 7th

Click here for very useful NAHT briefing on the Education and Adoption Bill November 7th

Click here for Guardian report of Government plans to allow "better" universities to charge higher fees November 6th

Click here for Guardian coverage of school budget deficits November 6th

Click here for decision to discontinue GCSE and A level ICT courses November 4th

Click here for BBC coverage and here for Guardian coverage of S.S. Nicola Morgan's education policies speech  November 3rd  

Click here for a detailed report on Apprenticeships from the House of Commons Education Select Committee [March 2015]

Click here for Mr Cameron's pre-General Election comments on new apprenticeships schemes

Click here for a critical assessment of current apprenticeship schemes from the Independent [August 2015]

Click here  for  critical comment on  apprenticeship schemes  BBC. October 20th

BBC  Radio 4: File on 4: Colleges in Crisis  [Important implications for delivery of vocational education] October 14th

GCSE and A level Provisional Results 2014-15 : Click here for DFE Press Release and follow links  for data October 19th

Click here and here for BBC coverage of  Grammar School Policy  October 15th

Click here and here for Daily Telegraph coverage of Grammar School Policy October 15th

Click here and here and here  and here  and here for Guardian coverage of Grammar School policy October 15th 

BBC coverage, schoolsweek coverage,   and TES coverage of Public Accounts Committee Report October 10th

Public Accounts Committee Report on Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils October 10th

Click here for Labour criticisms of Conservative Education Policies  September 26th

Click here for BBC coverage of latest EBacc Policy September 25th

Click here for Michael Wilshaw's criticisms of latest EBacc policy initiative September 25th

Click here for Fiona Millar on Free Schools September 22nd

Click here for OFSTED criticisms of an Academy chain September 11th

Click here for appointment of new Ofsted Head{ an Academy Chain trustee]

Click here for BBC profile of Nicky Morgan

Click here for Guardian article on Academy trusts failing disadvantaged children

 Click here  and here and here for articles on Academies from The Conversation

Click here for Guardian coverage and here for BBC coverage of DfE report on Academy Chains 

Click here for Guardian article on Nicky Morgan and Coasting Schools

Click here for BBC item on end of student maintenance grants

Click here  for a critical assessment of Academies from the Guardian

Click here for Guardian article on withdrawal of AS levels and University entrance

Click here for Guardian report that Nicky Morgan asks more businesses to sponsor academies

Click here for Guardian article on the possibility of a new "Satellite Grammar School" for Kent

 

CATEGORISED LINKS

 

Early Years and Primary Education

Click here for abandoning of Year 7 Maths and reading resits [Schools Week] October

Click here for Schools Week article on Sats Results

Click here for BBC article on Sats results

Click here for mistaken publication online of SATs question papers and answers May

Click here for BBC coverage of scrapping of primary school spelling test April

Click here for primary school allocation and inequality of opportunity [BBC coverage of Teach First survey] April

Click here for BBC coverage of popular schools and over-subscription criteria April

Click here for BBC coverage of popular schools and over-subscription criteria April

Click here for Guardian article on scrapping of baseline tests for 4 year olds April 

Click here for a teacher's criticism of new primary assessment materials March 13th

Click here for Guardian coverage of new requirement that pupils know times tables by age 11 January 3rd 2016

 

GCSE and GCE Advanced Level Examinations 2016

Click here  and follow links for media coverage A Level Results and here for  GCSE  Results 2016

Click here for Guardian article by Richard Adams on Progress 8 and GCSEs

 

Grammar Schools  [**= perhaps most useful]

Impact of 2017 Budget March 2017

Click here for Selective Comprehensives [Sutton Trust Report] March 2017

Click here for TES article on above report March 2017

Click here for recent Guardian article in support of selection March 2017

Click here for BBC coverage of most recent education policy plans. [Article also has links to the "grammar school debate"] March 2017

Click here critical assessment of selection by Professor Simon Burgess [from The Conversation] March 2017

 

Grammar Schools and Disabled Students [Guardian]

Grammar Schools [Education Select Committee evidence session: video]  **  November

Click here for report on Grammar Schools from Education Policy Institute**  September

Click here for summary of above report [Schools Week]  September

Click here for summary of above report [Buzzfeed]  **September

Click here for summary of above report [Guardian]  September

Click here for Grammar Schools and Social Mobility [Guardian] **  September

Click here for research brief on Grammar Schools [education datalab] **  September 

Click here for Grammar Schools [The Conversation]** September

Click here for Grammar Schools and social mobility [The Conversation]**September

Click here for Private Schools and Grammar Schools [Observer] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer] September

 Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer]September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Observer] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian]September

 Click here for Grammar Schools [Schools Week]] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [BBC] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Nicky Morgan Facebook] September

Click here for Grammar Schools [Guardian] September

Click here for PM. May's full speech on Education [YouTube]September**

Click here for Sir Michael Wilshaw on Grammar Schools [Schools Week] August**

Click here for Guardian article by Frances Ryan on Grammar Schools August

Click here for article on Grammar Schools by Melissa Benn  August

Click here for Schools Week on Grammar Schools August 2016**

Click here for Guardian on Grammar Schools August 2016

Click here for BBC item on possible return of grammar schools July 2016**

Click here for Guardian item on possible return of grammar schools July 2016

Click here for BBC item on return of grammar schools July 2016**

Click here for BBC item on assessment of grammar schools July 2016**

Click here for advice to Justine Greening from The Conversation July 2016

Click here and here for BBC coverage of  Grammar School Policy  October 15th

Click here and here for Daily Telegraph coverage of Grammar School Policy October 15th

Click here and here and here  and here  and here for Guardian coverage of Grammar School policy October 15th 

Click here for Guardian article on the possibility of a new "Satellite Grammar School" for Kent

Click here for critical assessment of Grammar Schools by Henry Stewart

 

Academies, Academy Trusts and Free Schools

Click here for BBC coverage of scrapped Academy conversion plans  [October]

Click here for report on possibility of selective academies [BBC] September

Click here for Multi-Academy Trusts [Guardian] August

Academy Conversions June

Click here for article on Academies and Business June

Click here for Schools Week article on academy trust problems 

Click here for Schools Week article on investigation of multi-academy trusts

Click here for most recent DfE data on numbers of academies and free schools as at April 2016 May

Click here for further analysis of current policy on academisation [from Centre Forum] May

Click here  and here for reports of U turn on academisation and Queen's Speech May

Click here for Guardian article suggesting compulsory academisation will be dropped from Queen's Speech April

Click here for Guardian article {Laura McInerney] on academisation and lack of accountability April

Click here for Full Fact assessment of Academy effectiveness April

Click here for article by Peter Wilby on compulsory academisation March 23rd

Click here for article by Jonathan MS Pearce on academisation March 23rd

Click here for article on compulsory academisation by  Andrew Eyles and Steve Machin March 17th

Click here for London Review of Books article By Dawn Evans on free schools and academies March 17th

Click here for Guardian article on compulsory academisation March 17th

Click here and here for BBC coverage of compulsory academisation March 17th

Click here for Schoolsweek article by Laura McInerney ion the nature of academies March 17th

Click here for BBC coverage of OFSTED criticisms of E-ACT academies chain February 11th

Click here for BBC coverage and here for Guardian coverage of OFSTED criticisms of AET academies chain February 11th

Click here for BBC coverage of Academy scrutiny weaknesses January 19th

Click here for BBC coverage of call for council-run schools to sponsor academies November 7th

Click here for very useful NAHT briefing on the Education and Adoption Bill November 7th

Click here for Guardian article on Academy trusts failing disadvantaged children

 Click here  and here and here for articles on Academies from The Conversation

Click here for Guardian coverage and here for BBC coverage of DfE report on Academy Chains 

Click here  for a critical assessment of Academies from the Guardian

Click here for Guardian report that Nicky Morgan asks more businesses to sponsor academies

 

Faith Schools

 

Faith Schools [BBC]

 

Click here for Faith Schools [BBC]

Click here for Faith Schools [New Statesman]

Click here for Faith Schools [House of Commons]

 

 

EBacc

Click here for Schools Week article on Ebacc and the decline of D and T

Click here for BBC coverage of latest EBacc Policy September 25th

Click here for Michael Wilshaw's criticisms of latest EBacc policy initiative September 25th

 

 

League Tables

Click here for Schools Week article explaining new league tables August 2016

Click here for Guardian article: England schools :10,000 sidelined due to league table pressure January 21st

Click here for TES article: Number of secondary schools missing GCSE floor target falls January 21st

Click here for BBC item: Future changes to School league Tables January 21st

Click here for BBC item: School league tables explained January 20th

PISA Tests

PISA test results [BBC]

PISA test results [Schools Week]

 

 

Class, Ethnicity, Gender and Educational Attainment

Click here for BBC item on limited access to outstanding schools for poor pupils  July 2016

Click here for BBC item on Private Schools and University entrance July 2016

Click here for DfE publication; Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England 2014-15 [DFE] January 21st

Click here for Guardian coverage of  DfE publication of revised GCSE results. January 21st

Click here for UCAS Report on Access to HE by Ethnicity, Gender, FSM Eligibility December 17th

Click here for summary, [inc.link to the full research paper], of research from University of Manchester on Children and the Bedroom Tax. December17th

GCSE and A level Provisional Results 2014-15 : Click here for DFE Press Release and follow links  for data October 19th

BBC coverage, schoolsweek coverage,   and TES coverage of Public Accounts Committee Report October 10th

Public Accounts Committee Report on Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils October 10th

 

 

Further Education, Vocational Education, Apprenticeships, Higher Education, Adult Education

 

Impact of 2017 Budget March 2017

2017 Budget and Vocational Education  March 2017

Higher Education Applications February 2017

Higher Education and Private Schools February 2017

Degree apprenticeships "on verge of significant success"  February 2017

Apprenticeship Targets "Poor Value for Money" says IFS  January 2017

 

Bristol University Changes to admissions policy December

 

Apprenticeships [BBC]  November

Click here for item on graduate employment prospects [Cambridge Assessment] August

Click here for Student regrets about attending University [Guardian} August

Click here for abolition of Student Maintenance Grants [Guardian]August

Click here for Apprenticeships [Guardian]August

Click here for higher Higher Education Tuition Fees [BBC}August

Click here for Guardian article on graduate employment prospects August 2016

Click here for Guardian item on reduced state school pupils entrance  to HE. July 2016

Click here for TES article on Adult Education

Click here for Guardian article [Aditya Chakraborrty] on graduates, high debt and low pay April

Click here for BBC coverage and here and here for Guardian coverage of plans to improve access to Higher Education. February 13th

Click here for BBC coverage of Labour challenge to ending of student maintenance grants January 19th

Click here for Observer coverage of ending of student maintenance grants January 16th

Click here for Guardian coverage of House of Commons ending of student maintenance grants January 13th 2016

Click here for BBC item on student nurses' and midwives' protest against grant cuts January 9th 2016

Click here for Guardian report of Government plans to allow "better" universities to charge higher fees November 6th

Click here for a detailed report on Apprenticeships from the House of Commons Education Select Committee [March 2015]

Click here for Mr Cameron's pre-General Election comments on new apprenticeships schemes

Click here for a critical assessment of current apprenticeship schemes from the Independent [August 2015]

Click here  for  critical comment on  apprenticeship schemes  BBC. October 20th

BBC  Radio 4: File on 4: Colleges in Crisis  [Important implications for delivery of vocational education] October 14th

Click here for BBC item on end of student maintenance grants

Click here for Guardian article on withdrawal of AS levels and University entrance

 

Miscellaneous

 

Amanda Spielman named new Ofsted Chief Inspector June

Return of national tests for 14 year olds? June

Getting rid of parent governors is a mistake June

Click here for BBC coverage of alleged administrative problems at the DFE April

Click here for BBC coverage of popular schools and over-subscription criteria April

Click here for Guardian article [Mary O'Hara] on underfunding of education April

Click here for Guardian article by John Goldthorpe on education and social mobility March 13th  

Click here for Guardian coverage of John Goldthorpe's  upcoming  lecture on education and social mobility March 13th

Click here for speech by Sir Michael Wilshaw: Ambitions for English Education: Video] January 24th

Click here for Guardian coverage of above speech January 24th

Click here for very useful NAHT briefing on the Education and Adoption Bill November 7th

Click here for Guardian coverage of school budget deficits November 6th

Click here for decision to discontinue GCSE and A level ICT courses November 4th

Click here for BBC coverage and here for Guardian coverage of S.S. Nicola Morgan's education policies speech  November 3rd  

Click here for appointment of new Ofsted Head{ an Academy Chain trustee]

Click here for BBC profile of Nicky Morgan

Click here for Guardian article on Nicky Morgan and Coasting Schools