Save the Education Maintenance Allowance

“Save the EMA – Get organised for 13 December 2010 The government intends to axe the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for college students in England. This will have a massive impact on those families in our communities who most need support to undertake education. The EMA is a means-tested allowance of between £10 and £30, […]

Roll of Shame: MPs Who Voted For Fees Hike

Hansard data reveals who voted for the tuition fees hike yesterday. What is galling to us is the number of MPs who despite benefiting themselves from a free or heavily subsidised higher education now think there’s no hypocrisy in voting for a dramatic reduction in the very same subsidy they benefited from. Take Vince Cable. […]

‘Private firm gets failing grade’

A Seattle Times article on McKinsey & Company’s strategy for public education clearly demonstrates what misery and trouble is in store for UK education if the management consultants get their way. “POP quiz: (We hope you’ve been paying attention because this is a high-stakes test; wrong answers may lead to the dismantling of our schools.) […]

Teach First, McKinsey & Goldman Sachs

Continuing our investigations into Teach First, it is good to know that this charitable organisation has powerful backing. The founder and CEO at Teach First is Brett Wigdortz. Our Brett has no training in education: he’s not a teacher, policy expert or researcher. He is a businessman, and after gaining an MA in Economics and […]

How to hit tuition fees without violence

The Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts march yesterday (11/11/10) was an eye-opener for many reasons. One reason why it drew our attention was the lack of unity shown by the student reps. The NUS leader seemed more intent on covering his own back by saying that the violence had overshadowed the purpose of the […]

‘Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts’

“Join us as we march on the streets of central London to fight against the looming, savage education cuts. NUS and UCU are jointly organising a national demonstration – ‘Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts’ – to take place on Wednesday 10 November 2010. Meet at Horse Guards Avenue – 11.30am.”

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MASTERCLASS

“Hi Education State team, I wanted to send along the trailer for HBO’s new documentary series, MASTERCLASS, premiering this Sunday Apr. 18 at 5:30pm ET/PT: Every year, thousands of high-school students from across the country audition for The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ YoungArts program, which offers the chance to be mentored by […]

Not of the same moral cloth

We know that it is all too easy to have a pop at MPs these days. But we thought it worthwhile reminding our readers and the wider public that teachers are not known to take or consider bribes for their influence. Byers, Hoon and Hewitt, on the other hand, have shown that this appears to […]

NUS – The Revival?

We have mocked the ineffectiveness of the NUS in years gone by but they are flexing their muscles again and we applaud them. In today’s Guardian it is reported that, “Students will name and shame MPs who refuse to oppose rise in tuition fee”. Now modern-day students are not known for their radicalism and long […]

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