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‘Time for change’, but not the way the Social Mobility Commission sees it

June 28th, 2017 by

‘Time for Change’, announces the Social Mobility Commission in their new report out today. In it, former minister Alan Milburn and his team talk about 20 years of public policy leaving us with a nation divided by region, income and wealth, and generation. Despite the 50 per cent real terms increase in education since 1997, […]

Smart dads, smart kids?

June 7th, 2017 by

I like paradoxes. So here’s one. How come less than half of all school leavers have both English and Maths GCSE at grade C or higher, yet my daughter, now at university, tells me her experience of the state education system was excellent? These education statistics are astonishingly awful. In fact they remind me of […]

Marriage-rich Cabinet need to back marriage

June 5th, 2017 by

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised. It’s the nature of being an incurable optimist. Assuming the best also means having to deal with disappointment. All of the parties have completely ignored family stability as an issue. Yes, there’s lots of good stuff in the manifestos written and spoken about family issues such as children’s […]