New Labour’s failure

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Sunday, 4 July 2010 at 4:54 pm Luke Bozier is a Labour member and activist who lives in central London. He worked for the party and is “a big fan” of Tony Blair. But he cannot find a school place for his daughter with which he would be happy. Anyone interested in assessing … Continue reading New Labour’s failure


Summer holidays are too short

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Saturday, 11 September 2010 at 4:55 pm Frank Field is and always will be one of the Heroes of the People. Tony Blair is unnecessarily rude about him in A Journey, saying: “His thoughts were not so much unthinkable as unfathomable.” But his thoughts about cutting the length of school summer holidays on … Continue reading Summer holidays are too short

Gove (fails to) recruit another Blairite

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 10:27 pm Next month’s Prospect (not online) reports that Professor Sir Michael Barber, head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05, author of Instruction to Deliver and partner at McKinsey, has been recruited by Michael Gove to be the next permanent secretary at the Department of Education. Unfortunately, this turns out … Continue reading Gove (fails to) recruit another Blairite

Time has run out for defence of indefensible

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Friday, 6 May 2011 at 1:20 pm A correspondent asked me, as a defender of the academy schools programme, how I responded to the letter to the Times Educational Supplement last week, headlined “Time is running out for defence of indefensible”. It was from a group of people who looked as if they knew what … Continue reading Time has run out for defence of indefensible

Great Expectations

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:11 pm Important and passionate article written by Peter Hyman about why he is setting up a free school in Newham in today’s Times, which you can read free on his website. I was particularly impressed by his assessment of what is wrong with so many schools today: … Continue reading Great Expectations

“If you set up a school and it becomes a good school …”

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Wednesday, 25 May 2011 at 10:38 pm Taking a break from playing cliché bingo with Barack Obama’s speech (I was going to add “inextricably linked” to the new version of The Banned List, which I am compiling, only to discover that I had added it already), I must find time to record a new study … Continue reading “If you set up a school and it becomes a good school …”

Diluting the Blairite Revolution

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 9:19 pm A well-informed reader writes with a useful corrective comment on my recent blog and article about the academies revolution: You make a big implicit assumption, which is that the findings of the encouraging Machin and Vernoit research (pdf) into the previous Government’s academies (which were schools that had previously been … Continue reading Diluting the Blairite Revolution