Julian Astle, co-director with a particular specialism for education policy, has produced a policy review taking a hard look at Conservative plans for the education system.

It’s good that Michael Gove, their education spokesman, believes in a pupil premium – so did CentreForum, with Tackling Educational Inequality playing an important part in influencing policymakers towards this radical idea.  But does he have the money – or the ability to confront his core constituency in leafy shires, who may see reduced funding going forward?

We also welcome his support for a more decentralised approach to education. But how do you square this with his prescriptive and wrong-headed approach to a ‘traditional’ curriculum (argued about here)?  Will he not be another Ed Balls but from the tradition of Tory bossiness rather than Labour authoritarianism?

Here is the PDF. Please let me/us know what you think.


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