Data journalism: how it should be done

This piece, from Christopher Cook on the FT Data blog, is what evidence-based data-savvy news reporting should look like. One for the “good examples” list. If the Mail  is correct, there is one proposal which stands out: splitting the GCSE. According to the report, under this new scheme some children would get the new O-level, […]

Finding all of the interesting data within one local authority area

This new project from Paul Evans looks good: I’ve never seen anyone try to pull together a good index of all of the relevant and interesting data that is available within one local authority area with the aim of giving school pupils something to work with, so over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing […]

The perils of education targets

“Education, Education, Education” This was the mantra with which Tony Blair began his first term as Prime Minister, as Labour campaigned to bring classroom excellence to the top of their political agenda. But have Labour succeeded since election and three successive terms? There’s no doubting the level of money invested (doubling spending from £29bn in […]

Education, Education and (Higher) Education

Education is a massive issue. It’s widely believed that locked within it is the success of the future of the country and the economy, not to mention greater equality, fulfilment, welfare and social mobility. A young Mr Blair once listed “Education, Education, Education” as his top issues in government. Is it as high on the […]

Domestic Issues raised in the first Leaders’ Debate

There is no doubt that last night political history was made with the first live television debate between the leaders of the three main parties. Questions were put to them on domestic issues covering education, health, crime and the recovery from an audience hand picked to reflect British society. So was the debate focused on […]

Who will help NEETs and how?

Each quarter the DCSF publishes statistics on the amount of young people (16-24 year olds) not in education, employment or training, known in the media NEETs. Obviously reducing the percentage of young people in this bracket is an honourable aim (it is the most popular national indicator chosen by councils to attain) and one sought […]