Articles and Views

  • 23/01/2014

    Want to create the next Mark Zuckerberg? Teach Latin

    The Spectator

    Toby Young argues that trying to teach higher-order thinking skills like problem-solving as an alternative to traditional subject knowledge is a mistake. The two go hand-in-hand   read on »

  • 03/01/2014

    Britain's Best State Schools

    The Daily Mail

    A guide to Britain's best state schools in the latest issue of Tatler names the West London Free School   read on »

  • 06/12/2013

    Free schools by the numbers

    The New Schools Network

    A comprehensive briefing document containing lots of facts and figures about the 174 free schools that have opened so far   read on »

  • 28/09/2013

    ED Hirsch sees his education theories taking hold

    The New York Times

    ED Hirsch, author of Cultural Literacy and founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation, is finally seeing his educational philosophy being taken up around the world   read on »

  • 24/07/2013

    MC Gove in da house

    Daily Telegraph

    After Michael Gove confessed to rapping about West London Free School founder Toby Young, the Telegraph's Michael Deacon imagines how it might have gone   read on »

  • 19/06/2013

    Free school pioneers advise wannabes

    bbc.co.uk

    Angela Harrison, the BBC's online education correspondent, spends the day at the WLFS's annual conference for free school proposers   read on »

  • 11/06/2013

    Rise of a free school

    The Weekly Standard

    An in-depth profile of West London Free School co-founder Toby Young   read on »

  • 12/04/2013

    Nine out of ten free schools are over-subscribed

    The Daily Telegraph

    Up to ten children are competing for every place at England's most popular free school   read on »

  • 01/03/2013

    The state school scramble: 13 applicants per place as thousands set to miss out on preferred choice

    The Daily Mail

    1178 children applied for the West London Free School's 120 places this year   read on »

  • 20/10/2012

    Is this the strictest school in the country?

    The Mail on Sunday

    The Mail on Sunday's Jonathan Petre visits the West London Free School   read on »

  • 18/10/2012

    West London Free School gets planning consent

    Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle

    The West London Free School has secured planning consent for Palingswick House   read on »

  • 04/09/2012

    Free schools will drive up standards

    by Michael Gove

    The Secretary of State for Education argues that free schools will provide all children with the choice that's currently only available to the rich   read on »

  • 07/08/2012

    Why London's State Schools Are the Best in England

    The Evening Standard

    Former Labour Schools Minister Andrew Adonis explains why London's state schools are the best in England   read on »

  • 17/07/2012

    The West London Free School's First Year

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young provides an end-of-term report after the WLFS's first year   read on »

  • 05/07/2012

    East End Classics Centre Launched

    Cherwell

    Josephine Rabinowitz reports on the opening of a new Classics Centre in London's East End, co-sponsored by Oxford University and Birkbeck   read on »

  • 03/05/2012

    The Inner Voices Choir

    The Independent

    Alice Jones describes the remarkable work being done by Ed Watkins and Ralph Allwood with the Inner Voices choir   read on »

  • 14/03/2012

    Labour should support free schools

    The New Statesman

    Former Labour schools minister Andrew Adonis argues that Labour should get behind free schools – and singles out the West London Free School for praise   read on »

  • 06/03/2012

    Interview with Thomas Packer, Headmaster of the WLFS

    Onesquarenote

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  • 25/02/2012

    Free schools are breaking down the barrier to a decent education for all

    The Daily Telegraph

    Charles Moore on the success of the free schools' policy and the politician behind it   read on »

  • 16/02/2012

    Education: Le pari anglais des écoles libres

    Les Echos

    Education is likely to be a key issue in the forthcoming French Presidential election, explains Nicolas Madelaine, who visited the West London Free School to see if such schools could work in France   read on »

  • 13/02/2012

    The Free Schools Revolution

    Politics Home

    Lord Hill, a minister at the Department for Education, describes how successful the free schools programme has been   read on »

  • 08/02/2012

    Flagship free school deluged as nine pupils apply for every place

    The Evening Standard

    The West London Free School has proved so popular with Hammersmith parents, that nine pupils have applied for every place   read on »

  • 07/02/2012

    Michael Gove backs Tottenham Hostpur's free school plan

    The Evening Standard

    The Secretary of State for Education welcomes moves by Tottenham Hotspur FC to set up a free school   read on »

  • 03/02/2012

    Free schools allow educationalists to innovate

    Total Politics

    Former Tony Blair advisor Peter Hyman runs through the check list of what you have to do to set up a free school and explains why he's setting one up in Newham   read on »

  • 10/01/2012

    West London Free School to launch primary

    The Evening Standard

    The Standard's Anna Davis reports on the WLFS's plans to open a primary in 2013   read on »

  • 10/01/2012

    First term report for the West London Free School

    London Loves Business

    Toby Young provides a report on the first term at the West London Free School   read on »

  • 17/12/2011

    Más latín y más deporte

    La Gaceta

    An interview with Toby Young in the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta   read on »

  • 16/10/2011

    The Junior Debating League

    Godolphyn & Latymer News

    A report of the first meeting of London's Junior Debating League featuring pupils in Years 7 and 8 from eight independent and state schools in Hammersmith, including the West London Free School   read on »

  • 26/09/2011

    German news segment about the West London Free School

    ZDF

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  • 26/09/2011

    Italian news segment about the West London Free School

    iL Fatto Quotidiano

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  • 26/09/2011

    A Spanish article about the opening of the West London Free School

    Interacomonia

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  • 25/09/2011

    Ancient languages shouldn't be the exclusive preserve of the private sector

    Times Educational Supplement

    Rebecca Cann, the West London Free School's head of Classics, believes all children would benefit from studying Latin   read on »

  • 22/09/2011

    French radio report about the West London Free School

    France Info and Le Mouv

    To hear the report, click on "ecouter l'emission du 20-09-2011" and you'll find it at 7:09 and 8:46.   read on »

  • 14/09/2011

    French television report about the opening of the West London Free School

    TF1

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  • 14/09/2011

    Guardian podcast about the West London Free School

    The Guardian

    A 30-minute podcast in which assorted Guardian hacks and others discuss the opening of the West London Free School   read on »

  • 09/09/2011

    Boris Johnson opens West London Free School – in pictures

    The Guardian

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  • 07/09/2011

    Why I'm for this free school experiment

    The Guardian

    Guardian columnist Deborah Orr comes out in favour of free schools   read on »

  • 07/09/2011

    Catapult shooting on first day at West London Free School

    The Evening Standard

    Anna David describes the character-building first day at the West London Free School in which the children were taught how to manage risk at a farm in Surrey   read on »

  • 07/09/2011

    Cardinal Newman would have loved our new free school

    The Catholic Herald

    Toby Young debunks some of the myths surrounding free schools and points out that the West London Free School is based on the educational philosophy espoused by Cardinal Newman   read on »

  • 06/09/2011

    Toby Young: Klasskamp med latin som vapen

    Expressen

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  • 06/09/2011

    Britische Schulrevolution: Der Staat zahlt, die Eltern regieren

    Der Spiegel

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  • 01/09/2011

    Closing the attainment gap

    The Spectator

    Toby Young looks forward to the official opening of the West London Free School by Boris Johnson and talks about how it was meeting people like Boris at Oxford that inspired him to get involved in education   read on »

  • 31/08/2011

    "Children are biting my arm off to get in here"

    The Times

    Mary Bowers takes a tour of the West London Free School in the run-up to opening and meets Toby Young and Thomas Packer   read on »

  • 30/08/2011

    Now the really hard work begins

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young writes about the triumphs and setbacks his group have experienced over the past two years and looks to the future   read on »

  • 28/08/2011

    24 free schools to open this year

    The Independent

    Richard Garner, the Independent's education correspondent, describes the 24 free schools opening this year   read on »

  • 14/07/2011

    What will Schools look like in 25 years time?

    The Independent

    Dr Martin Stephens, outgoing High Master of St Paul's, gazes into his crystal ball   read on »

  • 26/05/2011

    Changes to the School Admissions Code will help the least well off

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young reflects on the proposed changes to the School Admissions Code and how they might affect the West London Free School   read on »

  • 23/05/2011

    Michael Gove's silent schools revolution

    The Guardian

    Julian Glover argues that one of the merits of Michael Gove's educational reforms is that they will lessen the divide between state schools and private schools   read on »

  • 19/05/2011

    Grammatic Irony

    The Spectatory

    Toby Young argues that not teaching grammar in schools preserves privilege and entrenches poverty   read on »

  • 16/05/2011

    Inner-city academy that's a blueprint for the future

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, sponsored by ARK, is a model of what good, inner-city schools should be   read on »

  • 11/05/2011

    The New Labour free school

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young writes about the free school being set up by Tony Blair's head of strategy at Number 10 Downing Street   read on »

  • 22/03/2011

    Free schools are an opportunity, not a threat

    The Evening Standard

    Antony Seldon, the Master of Wellington College, argues that independent schools should be embracing free schools and offering them help, not trying to obstruct them   read on »

  • 21/03/2011

    It just got harder for parents to set up schools

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Department for Education has tightened the approval process for groups wanting to set up free schools. According to Toby Young, this will make it much harder for parents to set up schools from now on   read on »

  • 09/03/2011

    Is it racist to steer under-achieving black children towards vocational courses?

    The Independent

    Black PhD student Michael Mumisa argues that there's nothing inherently racist about Oxbridge colleges. It's the teachers who steer black children towards vocational courses who are guilty of racism   read on »

  • 02/03/2011

    First free school gets go-ahead

    The BBC

    BBC Education's Angela Harrison reports on the government's decision to give the West London Free School a green light to open in September   read on »

  • 02/03/2011

    Howard Jacobson: Here's why the elite are in charge

    The Independent

    Howard Jacobson explains why he believes Michael Gove's education reforms are every bit as important as reducing the deficit   read on »

  • 15/02/2011

    West London Free School considers switch in temporary site

    The Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle

    The Chronicle's Dan Hodges on the proposal to switch the temporary site of the West London Free School from the Bryony Centre to the Cambridge School   read on »

  • 09/02/2011

    445 children apply to the West London Free School

    H&F News

    445 children have applied for places this September at the West London Free School   read on »

  • 25/01/2011

    Interview with Thomas Packer, Headmaster of the West London Free School

    The Evening Standard

    The Standard's Stephen Robinson interviews Tom Packer, the WLFS's newly-appointed head   read on »

  • 23/01/2011

    Bullies, liars and hypocrites are trying to kill our school

    The Daily Mail

    Toby Young dissects the opposition to the West London Free School   read on »

  • 17/01/2011

    H&F Council identifies possible home for West London Free School

    Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle

    Palingswick House has been identified as the likely site of the West London Free School, according to the Chronicle's Dan Hodges   read on »

  • 12/12/2010

    The runaway success of the French Lycée

    The Guardian

    The French Lycée is a non-selective school in Kensington funded by the French government, yet 99% of its pupils gain 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English. How do they do it? A classical curriculum and an old-fashioned approach to teaching and learning   read on »

  • 07/12/2010

    Britain's schoolchildren now ranked 23rd in the world, down from 12th in 2000

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young on the shocking findings of the OECD's latest PISA report   read on »

  • 15/11/2010

    Views sought on West London Free School

    Hammersmith & Fulham News

    An article in H&F News about the proposal to establish a free school in Hammersmith & Fulham   read on »

  • 29/10/2010

    West London Free School begins consultation

    The Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle

    In an interview in the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle, Toby Young sets out his vision for a new school in the borough   read on »

  • 29/10/2010

    The biggest threat facing Free Schools is the enemy within

    The Daily Telegraph

    The Telegraph's Benedict Brogan dissects the opposition to Michael Gove's Free Schools policy   read on »

  • 20/10/2010

    School budgets won't be cut over the course of this Parliament

    The Daily Telegraph

    Michael Gove emerges from the Comprehensive Spending Review as one of the big winners, having protected schools from the cuts   read on »

  • 15/10/2010

    What does the treatment of Tom Daley tell us about state education?

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young argues that the relentless bullying of diving champion Tom Daley at his comprehensive tells us a great deal about the culture of under-achievement that bedevils the state education sector   read on »

  • 10/10/2010

    Courageous deputy head dares to challenge state school orthodoxy

    The Daily Mail

    Katharine Birbalsingh, deputy head of a struggling Academy in Camberwell, speaks out the tyranny of low expectations in Britain's state education system   read on »

  • 10/10/2010

    British pupils divided by race, gender and class

    The Observer

    According to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Britain's poorest children are being comprehensively failed by the state education system   read on »

  • 20/09/2010

    Children can now get GCSEs in brushing teeth

    The Daily Mail

    The number of school children taking vocational courses has increased from 22,500 in 2003/04 to 540,000 in 2008/09   read on »

  • 13/09/2010

    Interview with Toby Young about West London Free School

    Attain magazine

    An even-handed account of the West London Free School and the man leading the campaign by Tim Johnson   read on »

  • 09/09/2010

    Why parents and teachers are setting up schools

    The Independent

    Why are parents and teachers from all over England setting up their own schools? Includes a round-up of the 16 schools in the first wave   read on »

  • 08/09/2010

    Let battle commence in our efforts to set up a new school

    Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young explains why his group decided not to outsource the management of the school and describes the next steps in the process now that the West London Free School has been given the go-ahead   read on »

  • 06/09/2010

    Michael Gove announces first wave of Free Schools

    BBC News

    Michael Gove has set out the details of the first 16 Free Schools   read on »

  • 02/09/2010

    The secret war over England's schools

    The Spectator

    Fraser Nelson and Ed Howker reveal the underhand methods the NUT and others are using to sabotage the government's education policy   read on »

  • 14/08/2010

    Firms line up to help parents run free schools

    BBC News

    Various charitable and commercial education providers are working with groups hoping to set up free schools   read on »

  • 04/08/2010

    Premier League to set up free schools

    The Guardian

    Richard Scudamore, the Premier League's chief executive, has approached the Department for Education to inquire about setting up some free schools with a sports-based curriculum   read on »

  • 27/07/2010

    Pupil Premium for Children from Low Income Families

    Department for Education

    Michael Gove and Sarah Teather announce that the pupil premium to help disadvantaged children will be available from 2011   read on »

  • 16/07/2010

    Plan for Ealing Free School still on track

    The Ealing Gazette

    The West London Free School still plans to open in doors in September, 2011   read on »

  • 15/07/2010

    Why I changed my mind about school reform

    Diane Ravitch

    George W Bush's education tsar explains why she's changed her mind about charter schools   read on »

  • 11/07/2010

    Michael Gove to help schools most in need

    BBC News

    The Secretary of State for Education says the cancellation of the BSF programme does not mean that new schools won't be built or inadequate schools rebuilt   read on »

  • 06/07/2010

    Labour's school buildings programme was a model of inefficiency

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young defends Michael Gove's decision to scrap Building Schools for the Future, Labour's £55 billion capital expenditure programme   read on »

  • 25/06/2010

    Government brings back competitive sport

    The Daily Mail

    Competitive games are to be revived in schools in a bid to turn Britain back into a nation of sporting champions.   read on »

  • 21/06/2010

    The gang behind the West London Free School

    The Evening Standard

    The Evening Standard's Anne McElvoy profiles the team behind the West London Free School   read on »

  • 18/06/2010

    Teachers head for free schools

    BBC News

    More than 700 groups say they are interested in starting a "free school" in England - half are teachers.   read on »

  • 14/06/2010

    Bring back Latin

    The Daily Telegraph

    Harry Mount on a new report by Poleteia recommending that Latin is made compulsory in state primary schools   read on »

  • 14/06/2010

    Storming the school barricades

    The Wall St Journal

    The Lottery, a new documentary about American public education, portrays the enemy of excellence as the "union-political-educational complex"   read on »

  • 12/06/2010

    Charles Moore on how Academies can become the new Grammars

    The Daily Telegraph

    Charles Moore argues that Academies can play the same role that grammar schools did, only without the need for an 11+   read on »

  • 09/06/2010

    Stanely Fish on the virtues of a classical education

    The New York Times

    Stanley Fishes sings the praises of his own classical education and three books advocating the virtues of the classics   read on »

  • 07/06/2010

    Michael Gove praises West London Free School

    Press Association

    Michael Gove has praised the efforts of the West London Free School parent and teacher group in the House of Commons   read on »

  • 27/05/2010

    Toby Young vs Polly Toynbee

    Sky News

    Toby Young and Polly Toynbee debate the pros and cons of free schools on Sky News   read on »

  • 26/05/2010

    What will make a school 'free'?

    BBC News

    Angela Harrison, the BBC's Education Correspondent, takes a look at the schools likely to be created now that the Government has made it easier for groups of parents and teachers to set up 'free schools'   read on »

  • 15/05/2010

    If Clegg or Cameron had gone to a comprehensive, we'd never have heard of them

    The Daily Mirror

    Tony Parsons reflects on the educational apartheid that means you now have to have gone to a fee-paying school in order to get a top job   read on »

  • 14/05/2010

    Department for Education returns

    BBC News

    Michael Gove's first move is to rename the Department for Children, Schools and Families the Department of Education   read on »

  • 06/05/2010

    Is a 'comprehensive grammar' a contradiction in terms?

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young points out that trying to combine a grammar school curriculum with a non-selective intake is not a middle-class, Tory idea. On the contrary, it was originally the Labour Party's   read on »

  • 05/05/2010

    Free Schools will be good for Britain

    The Times

    The Times comes out four square behind free schools   read on »

  • 28/04/2010

    Transforming Britain's schools: A classroom revolution

    The Economist

    The Economist comes out four square behind "free schools"   read on »

  • 27/04/2010

    Stephen Pollard: I'm switching to the Tories because of their schools policy

    The Times

    Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard explains why the Conervatives' education policy has got his vote   read on »

  • 22/04/2010

    Parental support for school reform

    The Guardian

    650 parents who want to be involved in setting up new schools sign letter to the Guardian   read on »

  • 18/04/2010

    Should parents be able to set up schools?

    The Observer

    Toby Young, Fiona Millar, Anders Hultin, Estelle Morris and Mich Brooks discuss the pros and cons of the Conservative education policy and Swedish free schools   read on »

  • 16/04/2010

    Parent power is good for schools

    The Guardian

    Toby Young argues that parents should be allowed to set up schools and, if necessary, subcontract the operation of the school to a commercial education provider   read on »

  • 15/04/2010

    What's the difference between Labour and the Conservatives' education policy?

    Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young tries to discover "clear blue water" between the two main parties' education policies and discovers it isn't as easy as you might think   read on »

  • 02/04/2010

    The profit motive has a place in the classroom

    The Times

    Phillip Collins, a former speechwriter for Tony Blair, says we shouldn't be afraid of allowing commercial education providers to operate state schools   read on »

  • 31/03/2010

    For profits to enter state education sector as school operators

    The Times

    A raft of commercial companies are poised to enter the state education sector as full service providers, operating schools under contract. This will happen regardless of who wins the next election   read on »

  • 30/03/2010

    Ed Balls says no to parent group

    The Evening Standard

    Ed Balls has said no to the Kirklees parent group and yes to the Wandsworth parent group, but only on the condition that Wandsworth Council pay for the parent-promoted school with their existing BSF grant   read on »

  • 26/03/2010

    Should faith schools be dismantled?

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young looks ahead to see what the future holds for faith schools and mounts a robust defence   read on »

  • 19/03/2010

    Primary school admissions crisis

    The Daily Telepgraph

    More than 2000 new primary schools will be needed over the next eight years to cope with the current baby boom   read on »

  • 15/03/2010

    This lunacy about Latin makes me want to weep

    The Daily Telegraph

    Boris Johnson launches a broadside against Ed Balls for declaring that Latin is pointless   read on »

  • 13/03/2010

    Baby boom has schools overflowing

    The Daily Mail

    A combination of increased immigration, a baby boom and the an exodus from the private sector means there aren't enough primary school places to cope with demand   read on »

  • 11/03/2010

    Parents offered first choice of second rate schools

    The Spectator

    Toby Young dissects the recent announcements regarding the number of parents who got their children into their first choice school   read on »

  • 09/03/2010

    Free our schools

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young explains why he wants to open a new secondary school in Acton that offers children a classical liberal education   read on »

  • 06/03/2010

    Gove wants to make primary school national curriculum more traditional

    The Times

    Shadow Schools Secretary Michael Gove promises to change the primary national curriculum so children recite poetry and learn Kings and Queens of England   read on »

  • 01/03/2010

    School admissions: half lose out in some areas

    Daily Telegraph

    Over half of parents have failed to get their children into their first-choice schools in some parts of the country   read on »

  • 28/02/2010

    Top-performing comprehensives engage in covert selection

    The Guardian

    New research from the Sutton Trust reveals that Britain's top comprehensives don't admit as many poor children as they should   read on »

  • 21/02/2010

    What a year teaching dishes taught me about school

    The Mail on Sunday

    Toby Young makes the case for a liberal education   read on »

  • 20/02/2010

    The parents who know best

    Times Educational Supplement

    The Tories have pledged to support parents who want to set up their own schools within the state sector. But what will their impact be if they are established in areas where there is already sufficient provision?   read on »

  • 19/02/2010

    Swedish-style "free schools" will raise standards and, more importantly, increase choice

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young argues that the real test of Michael Gove's proposed reforms is whether they will increase parental choice   read on »

  • 15/02/2010

    Rescuing adult authority in the 21st Century

    Spiked-online.com

    University of Kent sociology professor Frank Furedi advises caution on parental involvement in schools   read on »

  • 09/02/2010

    Swedish-style "free schools" won't raise standards

    The Guardian

    Per Thulberg, director general of the Swedish National Agency for Education, says "free schools" have "not led to better results" in Sweden.   read on »

  • 05/02/2010

    Parents should be able to set up Academies more easily says association of school heads

    The Times

    The Independent Academies Association backs Conservative plans to allow Academies to be set up even when doing so will create surplus capacity   read on »

  • 04/02/2010

    Government scraps gifted and talented scheme

    The Guardian

    Is the government's decision to disband the gifted and talented programme a good thing or a tragedy?   read on »

  • 02/02/2010

    Parents and teachers push to set up quasi-independent state schools

    The Times

    Parents and teachers have deluged the New Schools Network wanting to know how they can set up state secondary schools themselves   read on »

  • 01/02/2010

    Can Sweden teach our schools a lesson?

    The Independent

    Richard Garner visits Hampton Community College, the first school in Britain to be run by Kunskapsskolan, the for-profit Swedish provider   read on »

  • 29/01/2010

    Toby Young vs Fiona Millar

    Times Educational Supplement

    Toby Young and Fiona Millar argue about the pros and cons of free schools   read on »

  • 25/01/2010

    We could learn a lot from a school in Kenya

    The Daily Telegraph

    Cassandra Jardine reports on Starehe School, a remarkable Kenyan success story that could provide a model for British schools   read on »

  • 24/01/2010

    Should parents set up their own state schools?

    The Observer

    Fed up with their educational options, more and more parents are detemined to build their own local schools. But is this really the answer to our classroom crisis? In a special report, parents, educators and activists reveal the hard lessons they're learning   read on »

  • 23/01/2010

    Nick Gibb talks about the Conservatives' education policy

    Attain

    Matthew Smith, the editor of Attain magazine, grills Nick Gibb MP, a shadow education minister, about the Conservatives' plans to revitalise the state sector   read on »

  • 16/01/2010

    Michael Gove versus the Blob

    The Spectator

    Dennis Sewell believes the cage fight between Michael Gove and the educational establishment will be the most thrilling political battle of Cameron's first hundred days   read on »

  • 13/01/2010

    Catholic Church comes out in favour of "free schools"

    The Daily Telegraph

    Bishop Malcolm McMahon, the Catholic bishop with the education portfolio in the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has backed the Conservatives’ proposal for “free schools”.   read on »

  • 07/01/2010

    The difficulties of starting a 'free school'

    The Daily Telegraph

    Toby Young describes just how difficult it is to start a 'free school' and suggests ways of making it easier   read on »

  • 18/12/2009

    Steve Pound has got wrong end of stick

    Ealing Gazette

    Toby replies to Steve Pound's attack on his free school plans   read on »

  • 18/12/2009

    Schools plan is Pandora's Boz

    Ealing Gazette

    Steve Pound MP takes Toby to task for his plans to start a free school in Acton   read on »

  • 14/12/2009

    Parent groups wanting to set up schools should not wait for the Tories

    The Guardian

    Toby Young argues that parents wanting to set up schools have no need to wait for a regime change. They can do it under the present rules.   read on »

  • 14/12/2009

    Parents enticed by prospect of free schools

    The Guardian

    Over 300 parent groups have emerged, poised to take advantage of Conservative plans to make it easier for parents to set up schools   read on »

  • 10/12/2009

    Is parent power good for schools?

    The Times

    Lisa Freedman takes parents to task for thinking they could do a better job than others at running schools   read on »

  • 03/12/2009

    Fiona Millar attacks Parent Promoted Schools

    The Guardian

    Fiona Millar argues that Parent Promoted Schools will damage existing secondary schools in their neighbourhoods   read on »

  • 03/12/2009

    Balls Attacks Conservative Education Plans

    The Guardian

    Ed Balls says the Conservatives' education plans will result in a two-tier system, with high-performing academic schools for a small minority and second-class schools for the majority   read on »

  • 22/11/2009

    The man in Whitehall does not know best

    The Sunday Telegraph

    Matthew d'Ancona takes Ed Balls to task for believing more central control, not less, is the solution to our educational problems   read on »

  • 22/11/2009

    Just how hard is it to set up a new school?

    The Observer

    Toby Young provides an update on the progress his parents group has made in its efforts to set up a new secondary school in Acton   read on »

  • 05/11/2009

    Parent group petitions for new school in Kirklees

    Huddersfield Daily Examiner

    A new parents group has been formed to take on the fight for a new secondary school for part of Kirlees. It wants the school to serve parts of Birkenshaw, Birstall, Gomersal and East Bierley ...   read on »

  • 28/10/2009

    We need more private schools, not less: Can the Conservatives learn from Sweden's school voucher system?

    Adam Smith Institute

    Sweden introduced a voucher system in the mid-1990s. It means that if parents take their children from a municipal school and move them to an independent school, that school gets the same money from the government that it would have spent on their state education. No fees, no top-ups, not even extra charges for sports kit are allowed. So all at once, the whole population of Sweden can exercise a choice. And around 1000 new independent schools have sprung up, bringing in new ideas and much more customer focus...   read on »

  • 18/10/2009

    Tories favour Swedish-inspired schools system

    Jack Grimston - October 18, 2009

    DOZENS of parents' groups, prep schools and education chains such as Montessori and Steiner have signed up to Tory plans to introduce a Swedish-inspired system of independent state schools. The New Schools Network (NSN), advised by former Blairites, is building support so new schools can open quickly if the Tories win power...   read on »

  • 08/10/2009

    Vow to offer state schools independence

    Alex Barker on FT.com

    The Conservatives pledged yesterday to offer effective independence to almost a fifth of state secondary schools, setting them on a collision course with teaching unions...The move rapidly accelerates Tory plans to roll out "free schools", giving the best 500 secondary schools and top 2,000 primary schools the unconditional right to opt out of local council control...   read on »

  • 08/10/2009

    Conservatives to close down worst-performing schools, says Michael Gove

    James Kirkup in The Daily Telegraph

    The Conservatives are making school reform a central part of their general election campaign, pledging ambitious changes that would allow parents and charities to set up their own schools within the state system. Some Labour critics have suggested that the “free schools” plan would only benefit middle-class parents. Speaking to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mr Gove insisted that Tory reform plans will benefit children in the most deprived areas...   read on »

  • 07/10/2009

    Will New Schools be the Tories' big idea?

    Paul Goodman in The Daily Telegraph

    The Tories hope a radical plan to put power in the hands of parents can do for a Cameron government what council house sales did for Margaret Thatcher – and bring hope to a generation of children. Paul Goodman assesses their chances of success...   read on »

  • 25/09/2009

    Why I will set up a new school to give my children the best chance in life

    Toby Young in The Observer

    Toby Young, son of the visionary founder of the Open University, wants to break down Britain's apartheid between the private and state sectors by creating a new type of 'free' school where access to a good education is not based on income...   read on »

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