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Conservative/Lib Dem Education Policies 2010-

Page last edited: 08/02/2013

Links are posted in chronological order

  1. Click here for Video Updates on all aspects of Coalition Education Policies by Mike Baker and others for Teachers' Media [Excellent]
  2. Click here for Mike Baker's Education Website [Excellent]
  3. Click here for BBC report of the death of Mike Baker [R.I.P.] 24/09/2012
  4. Click here for Something old...something new: understanding Conservative Education Policy. [Detailed academic paper by Sonia Exley and Stephen Ball]
  5. Click here  and here for BBC News coverage of new Academies and Free Schools Proposals.
  6. Click here for BBC coverage of Academies' examination results
  7. Click here and here and here for more BBC coverage of Free School Proposals
  8. Click here for BBC coverage of Con/Lib Dem decision not to implement Labour's plan to extend free school meal eligibility
  9. Click here for BBC coverage of fears that the Academies Bill will be rushed through Parliament....and here for Michael Gove's denial
  10. Click here for BBC coverage of limited applications for Academy status
  11. Click here for BBC discussion of extent to which new Academies represent a return to the Grant-maintained schools introduced originally in 1988
  12. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove's delight at the scale of interest in Free Schools
  13. Click here for BBC coverage of National Audit Office report with reservations about the expansion of the Academies Programme.
  14. Click here and here for Observer coverage of new Academies and Free Schools proposals
  15. Click here for Observer report of Sutton Trust critique of new Academies proposals
  16. Click here and here  and here for Guardian coverage of new Academies and Free Schools proposals.
  17. Click here for Guardian coverage of limited applications for Academy status
  18. Click here and follow the links for Guardian coverage of all education policies
  19. Click here for recent Guardian report on the costs of private education
  20. Click here for a critical Guardian article  on Con/Lib Dem  education policies
  21. Click here for Guardian coverage of limited interest in Free Schools policy.
  22. Click here and here and here for BBC Coverage of attitudes to vocational and technical education from April 2009 onwards
  23. Click here for Guardian coverage of LibDem conference vote against Free Schools and Academies
  24. Click here for BBC coverage of Government order of a review of charity rules for private schools.
  25. Click here for BBC coverage of Ed Balls and Michael Gove on recent education policies.
  26. Click here and here for BBC coverage of proposed increases in university tuition fees
  27. Click here and here for Guardian coverage of proposed increases in university tuition fees
  28. Click here for Guardian article reporting that faith schools favour the middle classes
  29. Click here for Guardian's Polly Toynbee on University tuition fees
  30. Click here for Guardian coverage of Andy Burnham on Comprehensivisation and here for Fiona Millar critique of free schools etc.
  31. Click here for BBC coverage of proposed changes to schools' funding
  32. Click here for BBC coverage of threats to Aim Higher scheme
  33. Click here for BBC coverage of latest developments of Academies' Programme
  34. Click here for Guardian coverage of IPSOS MORI poll on likely reduction in university application from poorer students as a result of proposals for  increased tuitions fees.
  35. Click here for Guardian coverage of November 2010 Education White Paper
  36. Click here for BBC coverage of November 2010 White Paper
  37. Click here for BBC Q and A on Tuition Fees and University Funding and here for tuition fees versus graduate tax
  38. Click here for BBC coverage of claims that current government plans to help disadvantaged University students with scholarship funding may be unworkable
  39. Click here for Guardian coverage of most recent PISA international educational rankings
  40. Click here for BBC coverage of claims that many disadvantaged students will not receive help with tuition fees
  41. Click here for BBC coverage of real terms freeze of education spending and claims that pupil premium will have limited impact.
  42. Click here for BBC coverage of IFS report that EMA is cost effective
  43. Click here and here for further BBC coverage of the pupil premium
  44. Click here for BBC report that 10% of schools are now academies
  45. Click here for Guardian report that 10% of schools are now academies
  46. Click here  for National Audit Office Press Release on Academies and follow the links for the Executive Summary and Full Report [long and detailed] on Academies
  47. Click here for BBC coverage of NUS view of most recent Government plans to help disadvantaged students
  48. Click here for Guardian coverage of "end of academic education at age 14" 
  49. Click here for Guardian coverage of new way of ranking secondary schools
  50. Click here and here and here for BBC coverage of 2010 league tables
  51. Click here for Guardian coverage of 2010 GCSE results including coverage of English Bac"
  52. Click here for Guardian editorial on GCSEs, English bac and vocational education
  53. Click here, here and here for BBC coverage of announcement of review of the national curriculum
  54. Click here and here for BBC coverage of 2011 Education Bill
  55. Click here for further BBC coverage of Academies
  56. Click here for Guardian article by Mike Baker on the future of vocational education
  57. Click here for the Wolf Report on Vocational Education
  58. Click here and here and here for BBC coverage of the Wolf Report
  59. Click here for Guardian coverage of Coalition's replacement for EMA
  60. Click here for BBC coverage of Coalition's replacement of EMA
  61. Click here for BBC coverage of survey of teachers' attitudes toward government education policies and views of Adam Smith Institute
  62. Click here for useful BBC item on Faith Schools
  63. Click here for BBC report of NUT opposition to Academies
  64. Click here for BBC report on "possibility" of more University places for the rich
  65. Click here for index of education articles from IFS. An excellent sources containing many relevant articles including articles on the pupil premium, the demise of EMA and the funding of Higher Education.
  66. Click here for Guardian report on M. Gove's plans for the expansion of "successful" schools. 
  67. Click here for a more sympathetic Guardian article on the expansion of Academies. 
  68. Click here for Guardian report on new Admissions Code
  69. Click here for BBC report on new Admissions Code
  70. Click here for Guardian report of plans to convert "failing" primary schools into academies
  71. Click here for BBC report on introduction of higher threshold criterion for "failing" schools
  72. Click here for Guardian Report of Andrew Adonis' support for Technical Baccalaureate
  73. Click here for Guardian report on violence against schoolgirls
  74. Click here for BBC coverage of  Church of England responses to recent education policies
  75. Click here for BBC coverage of expansion of apprenticeships
  76. Click here for Guardian Higher Education Section [25,000+ articles]
  77. Click here for BBC coverage of 2011 Higher Education White Paper
  78. Click here for a useful IPPR summary of the first year of Coalition education policies
  79. Click here for Mike Baker's Guardian article on the likely impact of Coalition education policies on Social Mobility
  80. Click here for Mike Baker's BBC article on whether increased educational spending generates better results
  81. Click here for BBC article on axing of vocational subjects from school league tables
  82. Click here for BBC coverage of Select Committee Report critical of Government's execution of discontinuation of EMA
  83. Click here for Guardian coverage and here for BBC coverage of Select Committee criticism of EBacc.
  84. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove and the "educational underclass"
  85. Click here for Guardian report on increased take up of EBacc subjects
  86. Click here for Guardian report that first new free schools have been set up primarily in middle class areas
  87. Click here for Coalition differences re Free Schools
  88. Click here for BBC coverage of David Cameron on truanting, benefit reductions and Free Schools
  89. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove's queries over OFSTED inspections
  90. Click here for BBC coverage of increased pupil premium
  91. Click here for BBC coverage of extent to which poor pupils lag behind in low achieving schools
  92. Click here for BBC coverage of private contract for free school
  93. Click here for BBC coverage of most recent Primary key stage data
  94. Click here for Guardian article on progression from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4
  95. Click here, here and here for BBC information on new Head of OFSTED
  96. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove's criticisms of opponents of academies.
  97. Click here for Guardian coverage of variations in attainment of  EBacc
  98. Click here and here for further Guardian coverage of EBacc
  99. Click here for BBC coverage of publication of 2011 School league Tables in January 2012
  100. Click here for Guardian Article on Failing Schools 2011/12 with links to more articles on 2012 publication of School League Tables
  101. Click here for Observer article on private sector involvement in state education
  102. Click here for Guardian coverage of University applications  for 2012 entry and here for more detailed analysis
  103. Click here for Academies and vocational subjects
  104. Click here and here for vocational subjects and league tables
  105. Click here for BBC report of Dr. Barnado's criticisms of EMA replacement
  106. Click here for recent Guardian item on Free Schools
  107. Click here for BBC coverage of conflicts surrounding appointment of new Director of OFFA
  108. Click here for Guardian coverage of research report critical of early age setting
  109. Click here and here  and here  and here for critical views of the Academies Programme
  110. Click here for DfE Item on Academies: Academies Work Video
  111. Click here for the DfE You Tube Channel: hundreds of short videos
  112. Click here for scrapping of student loan repayment penalty
  113. Click here, here and here for Guardian coverage of Coalition Work Experience schemes
  114. Click here for Guardian article on effectiveness or otherwise of Academies
  115. Click here for Guardian coverage of Faith Schools
  116. Click here for Guardian coverage of illegal school exclusions.
  117. Click here for Guardian coverage of Pupil Premium
  118. Click here for BBC coverage of Mr. Gove's call for accelerated reform
  119. Click here for BBC coverage of Teacher Union leader's claim that free schools may be a waste of money
  120. Click here, here and here for recent BBC information on Academies on the misuse of his research on Academies
  121. Click here for Stephen Machin article on the misuse of his research on Academies
  122. Click here for Guardian on Academies 2010-2012
  123. Click here for Guardian on the introduction of targets for spending the Pupil Premium
  124. Click here for BBC coverage of doubts as to the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium
  125. Click here for Guardian coverage of Ofqual Report suggesting  GCSE and A Level examinations [in some subjects] are becoming easier.
  126. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove speech on poverty and educational achievement
  127. Click here for Michael Gove and here for George Monbiot on Private Education. [Both from the Guardian]
  128. Click here for Mike Baker's Guardian article on Academies
  129. Click here for BBC item on University Technical Colleges
  130. Click here for BBC and here for Guardian reports on future abolition of GCSE examinations
  131. Click here, here, here here and here, for further Guardian critical commentary of proposals to abolish GCSE examinations
  132. Click here, here and here for more sympathetic coverage from the Daily Telegraph
  133. Click here for Channel 4 coverage of the proposed abolition of GCSE examinations
  134. Click here for Guardian coverage of Michael Gove's denial of future introduction of two tier examination system
  135. Click here for summaries of important IFS studies on Education and Social Mobility
  136. Click here for BBC coverage of increased number of Free Schools
  137. Click here  and here for BBC coverage of introduction of Catch Up classes for disadvantaged pupils
  138. Click here for BBC item on evaluation of Pupil Premium
  139. Click here for full Guardian coverage of Free Schools
  140. Click here for Guardian report of  M. Gove's decision that academies can employ unqualified teaching staff
  141. Click here and here for Education and the Olympics
  142. Click here [BBC] and here [Guardian] for increased tuition fees and decline in university applications 
  143. Click here for a BBC Question and Answer item on Tuition Fees
  144. Click here and here for BBC coverage of 2012 GCSE results
  145. Click here for Observer article by Andrew Rawnsley on the 2012 GCSE examinations
  146. Click here and here for BBC items on the future of GCSEs
  147. Click here for Guardian coverage on demise of GCSEs and here for Guardian data on GCSE pass rate trends
  148. Click here for BBC item on limited impact of the Pupil Premium
  149. Click here for BBC coverage of Lib Dem apology over Higher Education Tuition Fees pledge
  150. Click here for Guardian coverage of Mr. Gove's plans for reform of A Level courses
  151. Click here for Guardian coverage of Alan Milburn report calling for the reintroduction of the EMA
  152. Click here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove and "chaotic homes"
  153. Click here for BBC coverage of plans to reorganise A level courses [including the introduction of a cap on resits and Summer only examinations.
  154. Click here for BBC coverage of "over budget" spending on Academies
  155. Click here for Guardian report of examinations watchdog Ofqual criticisms of EBacc
  156. Click here for BBC coverage of Autumn Statement and education spending
  157. Click here for Guardian coverage of Academies [559 articles as of December 2012!]
  158. Click here for BBC Question and Answer item on Academies
  159. Click here for BBC coverage of criticism of Academies
  160. Click here for a Podcast by Prof. Chris Husbands: Living with the Coalition: The Schools
  161. Click here for BBC coverage and here for Guardian coverage of plans for reform of A Level examination system
  162. Click here for Guardian coverage of good GCSE results in Academies and here for criticism of Academies
  163. Click here for Guardian item on the education proposals of former Conservative Secretary of State for Education Lord Baker
  164. Click here for Education Select Committee criticisms of Michael Gove's proposed education reforms
  165. Click here for Guardian coverage and here for BBC coverage of Michael Gove's defence of his educational reforms combined with some attacks on Labour
  166. Click here for BBC coverage and here and here for Guardian coverage of Mr. Gove's decision to abandon plans for replacement of GCSEs
  167. Click here and here for more information from the Guardian on the retention of GCSEs. These articles contain further links