Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern
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Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.

Chris McGovern: Nicky Morgan grovels before the Blob even on Christmas Day

What were you doing on Christmas Day? While many of us were tucking into turkey and trimmings, the Education Secretary, it seems, was defending...

Chris McGovern: Onwards and upwards for Guardian folk like Rusbridger. But then they went to elite public schools  

The prospects for influence and power, it seems, have never looked brighter for journalists on The Guardian newspaper. First of all, we had the appointment...

Chris McGovern: You can’t be serious! A jail that beats strife-torn schools for educational standards

“Teens behind bars get better education than thousands of pupils in ordinary schools”. I wonder what impression of our education system readers of Gulf News,...

Chris McGovern: No cause for complacency. Around 1.5 million children are getting sub-standard education

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has just published his annual report to Parliament. It puts our schools on what might be described...

Chris McGovern: Blackadder goes forth. And our schools go backwards

In its latest burst of self-congratulation, the Department for Education has told The Sunday Times that: "England's schools have been transformed in recent years...

Chris McGovern: British values do not extend to thought police in the classroom

Is a war about to break out between Government and religious schools? The spectre of ‘Trojan Horse’ paranoia seems to be stalking the corridors...

Chris McGovern: More grammars and well-funded vocational schools amount to real choice

Yet another opinion poll has demonstrated that a majority of the electorate back the setting up of more grammar schools where parental demand for...

Chris McGovern: Private schools thrive because of the destruction of the grammars

Across the UK, independent schools educate around 6.5 per cent of pupils. This corresponds to 625,000 children in around 2,600 schools. Most of these...

Chris McGovern: The school denounced by Ofsted for being too English. What is the spineless Nicky Morgan playing at?

A small primary school in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside has become the first casualty of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s crusade requiring schools...

Chris McGovern: State primary tops exam league tables. But the small print speaks of systemic failure

“Inner-city primary beats the best private schools”, proclaims a front-page headline of The Sunday Times. This makes for cheerful reading if you are a parent who...

Chris McGovern: Don’t hold your breath. Despite Theresa May, the Tories won’t revive grammar schools

A renewed effort is being made to expand the number of grammar school places. Weald of Kent Grammar School for Girls in Tonbridge, Kent...

Chris McGovern: Labour’s Hunt should realise that the so-called “experts” have ruined our schools

Shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has announced that he wants “all teachers licensed against tough new standards designed by our leading educationists”. This appealing...

Chris McGovern: Public schools pay dividends. But to get ahead become a brickie

You never really recover from a below-par school, let alone a bad one. That, at least, seems to be one of the unstated conclusions...

Chris McGovern: Morgan’s uber-PC agenda spells trouble. Will we have to ‘tolerate’ Boko Haram?

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, is in the process of ordering faith schools to promote values of tolerance and respect for differing religions and...

Chris McGovern: At last some good educational news. Ark academies score highly by going back to basics

Good news about education that is genuine, rather than the usual window dressing and ‘PR’, is, too often, thin on the ground. Three cheers,...

Chris McGovern: £300,000 a year for ‘chief executives’. The real scandal of school pay

Teacher union leaders are furious that last year 933 state school head-teachers earned a six figure salary. In fact, 41 heads actually earned more...

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