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Vince Cable has ignored the advice of the Commons’ Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and appointed Professor Les Ebdon as director of fair access to higher education.
After nearly 22 months, the Commons select committees’ first elected chairs have had plenty of time to size up their Whitehall counterparts. Joshua Chambers asked them how the departments they watch have been performing
Departmental select committee chairs have provided mixed reviews of the departments they scrutinise for a Civil Service World Special Report, which has found that 40 per cent of them are dissatisfied with departments’ responses to their reports.
Leadership development in schools could be improved, says this teacher, and workloads must be tackled.
A PE teaching coordinator laments the changes to school sport which he believes have undermined an effective network.
Since the election, education secretary Michael Gove has driven his department at breakneck pace. And the DfE is already producing results, permanent secretary David Bell tells Matt Ross – despite the odd stumble on the way.
A university lecturer discusses the importance of good decision-making and a holistic education
A college business manager complains that government endlessly changes the rules
Tuition fee and student visa policies are creating dangerous uncertainty, a lecturer argues
A sixth form modern languages teacher thinks that schools and teachers should be given more powers to shape their curricula.
This week, an architect explains why school design matters – and warns that current policies will damage pupils’ education.
BIS permanent secretary Martin Donnelly would like to protect an insipid image while his department handles some political hot potatoes and sheds staff. But Joshua Chambers finds that his job is anything but bland.
Schools have improved in recent years, says a primary school teacher, but the renewed emphasis on testing won’t work for all pupils – and the cuts present a danger to many children’s education
A teacher reflects on how turning a school into one of New Labour’s academies affects the quality of the teaching, the management – and the logos
Michael Gove’s flagship reform of the school system is well under way, but questions have been raised over the pace of change and the funding to back up long-standing policy pledges. Suzannah Brecknell reports.
This week’s interviewee works as a learning support assistant in a large city comprehensive school
Sir Leigh Lewis, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, is not a noisy or aggressive individual. Nonetheless, he tells Matt Ross, he’s at the forefront of a revolution underway in the civil service
The government has been moving in the right direction on welfare and benefits reform, shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May tells Matt Ross; it just hasn’t been doing so very cleverly, or very quickly