education

The dignity of full-time work

Chris Carter  |  17 February 2017

Labour must transform Britain’s workforce if it is to effectively tackle the challenges of the 21st century, writes Chris Carter The challenges of an ageing population are enormous. Skills shortages, healthcare pressures, squeezed public services are but some of the consequences. Britain is ageing. Fast. One per cent of those born in 1908 survived a full century …

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British workers for British jobs

Editorial  |  9 February 2017

A future Labour government must shake-up skills on the scale the last transformed the NHS ‘We toured the country to talk about immigration and came back talking about skills’, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer tells this magazine (page 20) in his exclusive interview. Putting together this edition went on a similar journey. Whether it was commissions on Brexit, …

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The Mossbourne model

Philip Glanville  |  6 December 2016

It is the top 20 per cent of kids that make Hackney’s schools truly comprehensive – and successful Over the summer, Hackney Labour party started our own campaign against grammar schools and other Tory attacks on schools, which we continued into the ‘Education, Not Segregation’ campaign. The response from local parents, unions and residents could not have been clearer: …

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Terror of the Trotskyites

Rachel Reeves MP  |  1 December 2016

Exclusive extracts from Rachel Reeves’ book on the first woman MP for Leeds reveal Alice Bacon as a fiercely loyal reformist Alice [Bacon], a young woman, a miner’s daughter and teacher, was elected as a member of parliament at the age of 35. The first female MP in Leeds, the first (with Muriel Nichol), in fact, …

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Education matters

Rachael Saunders  |  25 October 2016

Tower Hamlets achieved huge education success using tactics that might be a tiny bit heretical to some Progress members – our success was driven by collaboration, not competition. Without academies. The path we are carving now makes it clear that Labour can make a difference to education locally under a Tory government. National policy should …

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Transforming education in the 21st century

Dan Moloney  |  13 October 2016

Last week I set out why I believe the Tories do not understand children, parents or how to create an educational meritocracy. That was the easy part. If there is one thing the Labour party has been set about doing over the past 12 months, it is opposing government policy. It has been much more hesitant …

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Tories don’t understand children, parents or ‘meritocracy’

Dan Moloney  |  7 October 2016

This week the secretary of state for education’s conference speech made clear that the Tories don’t understand children, they don’t understand parents, and they don’t have the policies necessary to create the ‘meritocracy’ that they speak of. First, the very fact that early years education did not even merit a mention by Justine Greening was shocking. …

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Grammar mistakes

Patrick Diamond  |  5 October 2016

Five reasons grammar schools are a terrible idea —Theresa May’s decision to announce the expansion of English grammar schools as a radical approach to improving social mobility has been roundly criticised, not least by former Conservative education secretaries and prominent Tory members of parliament. When David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party, he sought to bury the issue …

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Supporting young people for the world of work outside the classroom

Michael Lynas  |  30 September 2016

There are few more important subjects than how we prepare the next generation – our future – for life and work. In recent years, there has been extensive reform of the education system, with the academy programme pioneered by Labour and extended by the coalition and Conservative governments. What you study at school matters, studying …

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We have a duty to stay

Leo Gibbons-Plowright  |  28 September 2016

When I was eight years old, the Labour government introduced the National Literacy Strategy, this meant daily literacy hours were mandatory for children my age. As a child who struggled with reading and writing, and was on the Special Educational Needs register until the age of 11 — I had a dedicated support staff member who gave …

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