private education

  • 5 Apr 2013

    This week, I completed a survey on the BBC website to discover which class I belong to. In reality, I don't have much doubt about which class I belong to, so I was really discovering more about the people who designed the survey than I was about myself.

  • 20 Sep 2012

    Yesterday evening, I was very pleased to take part in a debate on “Can capitalism be made good?” in Marlborough. I argued “no”, alongside Stewart Wallis from the New Economics Foundation. On the other side were Will Morris, chair of the CBI’s tax committee and Anglican priest, and Hugh Pym of the BBC. The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, presided.

  • 16 Sep 2011

    Much has been written today about Kweku Adoboli, the “rogue trader” who lost £1.3 billion of other people’s money. One fact that has received little attention is that he went to a Quaker school.

  • 10 Aug 2011

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, appeared on Radio 4 this morning (10 August) and was asked about the underlying causes of the recent riots. He attributed them to a “sense of entitlement” among young people who were showing the effects of a lack of discipline in school.

  • 22 Dec 2010

    Pupils from fee-paying schools are 55 times more likely to gain a place at Oxford or Cambridge than those who qualified for free school meals.

  • 20 Aug 2010

    The universities minister David Willetts has come under attack after telling students to lower their sights and apply to “less competitive” universities next year.

  • 6 Jul 2010

    All five candidates for the Labour leadership have placed a strong emphasis on “values” while pitching for Christian support at a hustings run by the Christian Socialist Movement.

  • 8 Jun 2010

    David Cameron has said the government's massive cuts will be delivered in a way that “strengthens and unites the country”. His words remind me of his colleague's George Osborne's claim that, when it comes to tackling the economic situation, “we're all in this together”.

  • 21 Jul 2009

    If there's anything more disheartening than this week's report on social mobility, it's the government's response to it. Their timid proposals for higher education are unlikely to do anything to challenge the way that the education system functions to maintain privilege and inequality.