Monthly Archives: May 2010

Welfare Reform

Iain Duncan Smith has announced big plans to reform the welfare system with a view to reducing dependency on benefits which, he says, will lead to a reduction in poverty and a reduction in wasteful spending at a time when … Continue reading

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Free Schools – who pays the bill?

Michael Gove’s flagship policy is that of enabling groups of parents, charities and other interested parties to set up ‘Free Schools’. On the face of it, Free Schools sound like a great idea. As a parent of three boys, there … Continue reading

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early education – good for children, good for society

The benefits of nursery education are well documented. The highly regarded longitudinal EPPE study found that ‘Pre-school benefits ALL children. [there are] Significant benefits for an early start (2 yrs on) and part time [attendance is] as beneficial as full-time’. … Continue reading

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Parental choice is a myth which creates disappointment and disillusion

Some schools are in wealthy areas with lots of green space around, not much graffiti and parents who have the time and education to support the school well. They have a vast majority of children with English as their first … Continue reading

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The immigration factor in the ‘Why Labour lost the election’ story

This issue has come to the fore again as potential Labour leaders, and others in the party, pick over the remains and wonder what went wrong (or what didn’t go right enough to keep the Tories out). There seems to be … Continue reading

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thoughts on immigration post-‘Bigotgate’

Firstly, a little bit about myself: I am an Asian woman, in my forties, born and bred in England to Asian immigrant parents. I am married with 3 children and have lived in Brighton for the past 25 years. My … Continue reading

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My thought’s on Gove’s plans for education reform

Gove spells out education priorities for ‘a new era’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/10113940.stm   Early Years There is nothing to respond to. That’s right, absolutely no mention. Early Years care and education was high on the previous government’s agenda with measures to improve … Continue reading

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