In November a long-running study revealed that performance in Sweden’s schools had fallen yet further below the global average, compounding decades of decline in the country’s school system.
It was sobering news not just for Swedes, but also for those in the English state education sector. Here the government’s latest programme of school reform is based almost entirely on the supposed success of the Swedish model. Read More »
Later this year, the people of Scotland will vote on whether the country should become an independent nation. With a proud tradition in education dating back to the 15th century, Scotland has more top universities per head of population than anywhere else in the world. But September’s historic poll raises some serious questions about whether Scotland will be able to maintain this excellence if it separates from the rest of the UK.
The government’s standardised, ‘no frills’ schools are taking shape. Tom Ireland looks at their effect on pupils, communities and the education sector.
It’s pretty easy to spot a school built during Labour’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) years. This was the era of the cavernous atrium, like the Langley Academy, Berkshire, and of wildly expensive materials, like the all copper chapel of All Saints Academy, Gloucestershire. Some schools, such as Clapham Manor Primary, in South London, are quite breathtakingly beautiful.Read More »
Circle’s takeover of NHS Hinchingbrooke has got the green light – and so begins a high-profile test of private sector involvement in the NHS. Tom Ireland hears about the firm’s strategy for the failing hospital.
The National Programme for IT (NPfIT) was arguably the most disastrous government procurement in living memory. It was the largest IT project the world has ever seen, and it was an abject failure. But since the £11 billion programme was abandoned last summer, those involved in healthcare IT have not just been stood in the naughty corner, thinking about what they’ve done. Work to give the NHS the world-class, state-of-the-art IT systems it deserves has moved on at a surprising pace.